Spaces Between Objects

Through my research in regards to ‘Space’ I was drawn to contemporary artists who made sculptures inspired by nature. Maryse Dugois, a French artist that makes organic sculptures out of transparent white paper. In Dugois’s artwork I was very intrigued by the simplicity of material she used to make her complex, organic sculpture designs. In Hive (Figure 1), Dugois’s sculpture displays what resemble coral reefs. Another artist who used white paper as a medium for her artworks is Mary Burton Durell. In her art works she used a combination of white tracing paper and wheat paste to make her cellular sculptures. I find the quality of the paper interesting because it allows light to go through making the sculpture in a sense come to life. Durell’s Pattern No. 1 (Figure 2), is a flat paper sculpture in which she displays her detailed sculpture in a space as if it was floating organism. I have also done research on architects Benjamin Aranda and Chris Losch where they make their designs based on geometric crystalline structures. All four artists have a common design feature by using nature as an influence in their art work with using the simplicity of medium and transforming into clusters of organic shapes.

From my research I propose to make a sculpture that portray spaces between physical objects. The medium I chose to work with is plastic milk jugs because of the transparency quality it has. The transparent quality of the milk jugs allows light to shine through it and also casts shadows which I find very interesting. I will be cutting the plastic milk jugs into different sizes of organic shapes. I will then place and layer the organic shapes with a hot glue gun in clusters onto a clear sheet of acrylic as support as it will be displayed on the wall. The overall scale will roughly be 3 feet by 4 feet. Large scale is important for this art piece because of the impact it will have on a viewer.

My progress pictures

Progress Picture 4

Progress Picture 3

Progress Picture 2

Progress Picture 1

Artist’s artworks

Figure 1

Figure 1. Maryse Dugois
Tissue paper and glue

Figure 2

Figure 2. Mary Button Durell
Pattern No. 1, 2003
Tracing paper and wheat paste
94 x 60 x 10

Here is a link to a YouTube video about Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch:


(2013). Building Awe-Inducing Crystalline Struct [Online video]. The Creators Project.
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Mary Button Durell. (n.d.). In Retrieved September 10, 2013, from

Sculptures (n.d.). In Maryse Dugois. Retrieved September 10, 2013, from

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6 Responses to Spaces Between Objects

  1. alaynafriesen says:

    That’s really awesome. I love that you’re going right into your work and doing experiments with the materials. You say you are making this piece larger because of the impact you will have on the viewer. What I’m wondering then is why just put it against the wall? In one of your images you have of your piece it is against a window causing more light to push through the milk jugs, and casting more shadows which you said is an element of this piece that you like. Then if it was hung away from the window you could have the room to wrap the milk jugs to the other side of the acrylic making the work have a more 3D aspect.

    • smcabrera says:

      Thank you for your suggestion! I came to realize that my project also deals with negative space. From your suggestion I am planning to have the sculpture hang from the wall to the window.

  2. christyadi says:

    I agree with Alayna about putting it against the wall. The light that goes through the plastic gives an interesting effect when they are overlap. How about if you hang them on the window (covering one side of the window in class)?

  3. Yes: good, good.

    This is a well thought-out proposal with specifics and references. Alayna is correct to suggest making it even bigger and getting it up into space. I wonder about hot glue and plastic. Does it stick well enough to be durable? What if you stitch the pieces together with needle and fishing line?

    Where will you install this?

    • Yes, those are definitely good points and I will use those suggestions in the process of my work. I am trying to reserve a space either on the next studio beside ours or the conference room on the 4th floor.

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