Monday, February 13, 2012

Sculpture and Paper Cuts

Have you ever heard yourself say something once too often.............
and have to make a change immeditely?
Beginning the sunflower design.
I got so sick of showing people my paper cuts and saying "Imagine this in steel" that I decided to make it happen before I had a client. I told Linda Meyer that I'd have two large panels ready for her display garden at Portland's Yard Garden Patio Show.

Chalk one up for courage, and subtract several for fiscal foolishness.
Now all I had to do was make it happen!
St Francis paper cut by Patrick Gracewood ©2012 
The inspiration for the display garden is Paris and Van Gogh's cafe paintings. Since it's a fantasy, I thought of the sunflower, revisited my St Francis Papercut, and used the circles within circles sunflower design to begin........
Sunflowers paper cut by Patrick Gracewood ©2012
It is so tedious to cut dozens of tiny squares, but exciting to see the pattern grow! 
The real magic happens when the pattern is doubled with light.
Sunflower paper cut by Patrick Gracewood ©2012
Now that's fun to look at! 
This is the direction I pray for for all my art. The actual object is an artifact, "Soup," but with light it  more meaningful, a reflection of that bigger picture- ART, a state of grace... 

PS. maybe it's magical to me because we don't get much sunlight. Awareness of the quality of light of each day is part of my religion.. Yours too?


kramam said...

I recently came across your site and started to follow your posts. You mention the quality of the light. I love taking photographs and light is the most important thing. I was not aware of it, until recently. And since then I try to be even more aware. Beautiful light influences the mood of pictures and mine as well! And in The Netherlands the light is beautiful, you only have to see it.
Your paper cuts are wonderful!
Greetings, Anita

Patrick Gracewood said...

Thank you, Kramam,
It's so funny how long and how passionately we can work on something before we become aware of what we truely are interested in,and longer still before we can clearly communicate that through our art.
I imagine that the light in the low contries is similar to that of the Pacific Northwest, often overcast, a soft glow that makes bright colors look artificial, but reveals the subtlties of umbers,ochers,and the million shades of green and grey. Enjoyed your moss photos and have sent your site URL on to friends. Best to you,P

Sarah said...

The shadow is wonderful, Patrick.Also inspiring is the leap you took to get it produced in metal. From my experience, these kinds of leaps are usually worth it. And it is great you have a venue for it right away. Good luck with that.
Thanks for dropping by my blog and recommending Art Objects by Winterson.

Patrick Gracewood said...

Hello Sarah,

I'm good at leaping, I'm working on softer landings these days!

Hope you enjoy Art Objects, I'd love to know what you think of the essays.