Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Recently I stumbled upon the paper sculptures of artist Johanna Burke while browsing through the website designspongeonline.com and I was immediately inspired.

The image below is a beautiful golden jungle that Burke has created using cut paper.

I don't want to mimic what Burke has created. I want to explore the use of paper to create a relief sculpture.
I'm going to use magazine pages (reduce, reuse, recycle) torn into strips and then formed into loops. The loops will then be attached to a piece of matte board to resemble the image below. This is an image from a book titled One Million Things. The book is a visual encyclopedia of literally one million things. The image is made from data collected from two telescopes and shows infrared waves, light waves, and ultraviolet waves. I'm not interested in "waves" I just think the image is beautiful.
Since my media is magazine pages, I had to search though dozens of magazines and find my pallette. I separated my colors into warm, cool, black, white, browns, and multi.

This is a sneak peek of my sculpture. I don't have much completed yet, but I really like it so far and had to give you a taste. So please let me know what you think.
And just for fun, this is my cat Andy. I'm not sure if he thinks he's helping or if he's waiting for me to turn the other direction so he can chew on my paper. Either way, it's good to have some companying while I'm working.

I will keep you updated as I continue to work on this piece.


  1. Totally rad!!! I can not wait to see the finished product.

  2. I never finished this. I lost interest, moved out of my mom's house, and left it hanging on the wall in the basement. She probably recycled it.