Phantasm

This is a series of works I began in 2017.  They are unique among my other works because the steel is obscured.

I drew my inspiration from the work of Nick Cave, Dale Chihuly and Theodor Seuss Geisel. These pieces are designed to resemble tall flower stalks 

enlarged to a fantastic scale.

They were created from repurposed, cover-weight paper that had been painted, cut and wet-formed.  I then bound the sheets of paper into a "book" using a double-needle Coptic stitch.  Because of the curliness of the paper, the "book" could not close, so I bound the first page to the last page, thus 

turning the "book" inside-out.  The resulting paper form was attached to an upright curved steel rod that was welded into a base.

The sculptures are stable and will sway slightly when touched.