Posts Tagged ‘Jennifer Maestre’

Lego Sculpture, Nathan Sawaya, example of commodity sculpture

Yellow, 2006. Nathan Sawaya (b. 1973). 35″ x 13″ x 28″, Legos.

In 2008, artist Lisa Hoke created a new installation for the NBMAA on the landing of the LeWitt Staircase.  The Gravity of Color, New Britain  consists of thousands of plastic cups coated with various paints and then attached to the Museum’s walls adjacent to the stairs.  The vibrant colors create breathtaking gradations of colors and textures.  The individual cups do not appear as mere plastic cups when put together.  Instead, they ooze in a spiraling manner from their intersecting center around the windows, as if they are growing.  If you haven’t seen this in person, it is an installation that should not be missed!  (more…)


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Chimera, 2006. Jennifer Maestre. Pencil stubs and thread, 21 x 12 x 12 in.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jennifer Maestre is a Massachusetts-based artist.  She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art where she studied glass in 1999 with her BFA.  However, she is currently known for her sculptures made from sewing the tips of colored pencils together.  Her inspiration comes from the form and function of sea urchins.  She describes their spines as being “so dangerous yet beautiful, [they] serve as an explicit warning against contact.  The alluring texture of the spines draws the touch in spite of the possible consequences.  The tension unveiled, we feel push and pull, desire and repulsion.”

Maestre creates her sculptures by drilling holes into 1 inch sections of pencils and using them as beads to sew them together using a beading technique called peyote stitch.  The story of how this technique emerged from her studies at the Massachusetts College of Art is quite interesting: (more…)

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