Whimsical art in paper mache
Paper mache could fall in the category of “unsophisticated media” as it has no glory nor is it fancy. Yet, once it is molded into a sculpture and then “dressed” with a splash of vibrant colors and “equipped” with small details, one tends to forget how simple this raw material actually is.
Ten years ago, I started “playing” with paper maché which was my “poor man’s choice”, as it did not require any special tools or kilns. I wanted to combine art with humor, and paper maché seemed like the “right” start… but then, I never looked back again – paper maché was “my thing”!
I am a scientist in my “real life”. I was born and raised in Israel, in a rural and small community called “Kibbutz”. My love for nature navigated me to choose biomedical science as a career, which started in Jerusalem and ended in the USA. Today I conduct biomedical research in the University of Nebraska Medical Center, studying cell biology. Art in paper maché has become wonderful “balance” to my scientific career and I create it at night and in my free time.
As a scientist, I am surrounded by papers which are scientific publications that we read and write in the lab. I’m giving these scientific papers a new “life” by recycling then into an artwork.
But recycling doesn’t stop with paper: many small objects in my lab seem ideal for incorporation in my sculptures, such as pipettes (used for the very long legs of my sitting figures), syringes, caps etc etc.