In December of 2016, I made a cardboard model of a man I had painted many times.
I wondered what would change by taking him off the canvas and standing him in the real world.
It never occurred to me to model him with clay or carve him, and I certainly wasn’t going to start casting. I think of myself as a painter and thought of this experiment as one that addressed thoughts I had about painting. It had nothing to do with any thoughts about sculpture because I didn’t have any. Perhaps, for this reason, I took it for granted that he would be folded from paper or card and that he was more a surface than a volume, more a shaped canvas than anything else. He was always, and importantly, a bit flat.
So, I set about cutting and scoring and gluing card until I had him standing on the table.
I was surprised by the result. He was occupying real space and, as far as my early
question was concerned, what would change? it seemed to me that a lot had. At the very least the little guy opened up some possibilities which, in the two years since then, I have begun to explore.
This site contains some of the results.
sculpture, painting or design
Without wanting to get hung up on definitions, I’ve never been quite sure how to
But they also have other associations that interest me, the most obvious being the fact that they begin life on the computer, and for all the low tech processing that follows their design, that link remains obvious and, in combination with the way they’re built, important. They combine simple but time consuming manual techniques with high tech design processes that result in what I’ve come to think of as a type of modern primitive; objects that testify to the
If you are interested in any of them or have any questions please let me know.
A note on technique
The technique used to build these is my own confection, combining
pattern making, plotting, and injection
if to a canvas.