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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chain Mail

Just finished three pieces of assemblage - Chain Mail #1 #2 and #3. These three sculptures are part of a series of 17 recently completed small and medium sized sculptures - the series is titled Evolution.

Here I use a combination of timber, rusted metal and hand-made paper.

All materials have had a previous life, have been discarded, found and rescued and then re-worked to create individual and unique works. The works reflect my on-going fascination with life, death and rebirth and my interest in the traces of past existences. I start with a pile of un-related materials and slowly work them into an artwork that can be read with imagination.

The idea of evolution runs frequently through my work as I explore the craft of the Artist's Book and paper-making.

I have been making paper from plant fiber and recycled paper for the past 11 years and use it extensively in my assemblage sculptures and also by mixing it with clay in my ceramic practice. In this instance the paper I use has been made from recycled office paper that has been shredded and reconstituted and molded into sheets.

The paper represents love letters, final notices for outstanding accounts and the many ideas and inspirations flowing through the artist's head. Each sheet has an invisible story to tell.

The full series can be viewed on my website

The full series can be viewed on my website


Jo Murray said...

These are great Ken. You have been busy.

Fiona Dempster said...

Ab Fab Ken - I love these pieces. They work together so well!

ArtPropelled said...

I love the contrast between the paper, metal and weathered wood. Fantastic pieces!

AM said...

these look wonderful.