Durable Paper sculptures
Since 1994 I have been making sculptures out of books and compressed paper. Click here to see some.
For an introduction on the role of paper/information read this.
For my paper clay sculptures list here
Those interested in digging deeper into what motivates me, may like to read "Dead zones of the imagination On violence, bureaucracy, and interpretive labour” the 2006 Malinowski Memorial Lecture, by David Graeber, from Goldsmiths, University of London.
A commission from Queensland for 22 compressed paper sculptures trigger a frenzy of activity of the studio. Around 4 tonnes of books were collected. I removed their covers and Life Editions, a book binding firm kindly cut them to the exact sizes required, despite this occuring during their office and factory move to the Perth CBD. Because each sculpture was 1 and 1/2 metres high, then over 33 metres of paper was cut by them and later drilled and threaded by myself. A gold edge was discovered on many of the books, so was presurved to add interest in the final works.
In 2007 I was selected, to create a sculpture for the 2008 Southbound Music Festival in Busselton. "Sum" was a 1.6 m high circle of over 500 Annual Reports, with two spheres made from over 5,000 survey maps on opposite sides and ends. As the paper weighted over half a ton, and was on a 45 degree angle, I spent substantial time designing the supporting and internal structure to withstand the possibility of some of the intoxicated 20,000 music fans climbing upon it!
In 2008 I was commissioned to build two metre high fungi infected paper finger sculptures for the understory forest sculpture walk in southwest Australia.
Other 2008 projects include a 5,000 book braincell I built in a new library, and five compressed paper towers I built in a forrest, to which I added specially cultivated fungi!
In 2009, the State Library of Western Australia commissioned a 2 metre high paper totem made of hundreds of children’s books.
Also in 2009 I construct a large (300kg) compressed sculpture for installation outside on the Cottesloe beach, for the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition which draws a crowd of 200,000 people over the two weeks.
For the 2014 Dublin Biennial, in Ireland, I researched 3D printers that print paper in layers, before constructing, shipping and exhibitions two, 2m high ceramic and compressed paper works.
As the Artist in Residence at Tranby College (2013-15), I created four outdoor sculptural seats from more than 20,000 pages of paper and 2000 bicycle spokes.