Paper has got to be one of my favorite mediums for sculpture, but I know from experience it’s not always easy to work with. Lauren Clay is a Brooklyn based paper artist. I love her work, the textures and colours are incredible and the forms are really organic and cheerful. I don’t even want to think about how long it takes to make one, her attention to detail is superb, the rounded paper ends, the subtle ombre. I find the work fun and light-hearted, but also really beautifully considered and thoughtful.
Pegotty, 2011, acrylic on cut paper, papier-mâché, wood
Moan about the present, venerate the past, 2010, acrylic on cut paper, papier-mâché, wood
The unending amends we’ve made (imperishable wreath), 2010, acrylic on cut paper, papier-mâché, wire, wood
Schism Chasm Cataclysm, 2011, acrylic on cut paper, papier-mâché, acrylic, wire, wood
One Way Ticket into the Nirvana Thickets (Tunnel-Funnel-Cornucopia), 2009
acrylic on cut paper,papier-mâché, foam, wire, wood
I always enjoy a philosophical title, it shows the artist is heavily influenced by a number of deeper concerns even if it’s not directly obvious to the viewer. A title is a big part of the artwork. Plus anyone who confidently uses purple gets a lot of points from me. It’s a highly misunderstood colour that needs more of a chance. When I’m rich I will most definitely own one of these beauties.
Synchronicity Spoken Here (Purple Monochrome with Junk in the Trunk/L.H.O.O.Q. with Maxi Stripes), 2009 acrylic on cut paper, papier-mâché, foam, plastic
Images from her representative gallery Larissa Goldston Gallery.
There in a nice interview with Lauren here.