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
Figure 1. Maryse Dugois
Tissue paper and glue
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6KoTNt2_WY
(2013). Building Awe-Inducing Crystalline Struct [Online video]. The Creators Project.
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Mary Button Durell. (n.d.). In Postera.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013, from
Sculptures (n.d.). In Maryse Dugois. Retrieved September 10, 2013, from