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Landscape Reports: stunning basket-like rolled paper sculptures by Mary Merkel-Hess

American artist Mary Merkel-Hess grew up in the farmlands of Iowa, lands full of natural beauty where she draws inspiration to create gorgeous basket-like rolled paper sculptures. Merkel-Hess uses reeds, paper cords, and a mixture similar to papier-mâché to shape the organic forms.

My works usually begin with some sort of image, which could be very abstract. It might be a line of a grass, sometimes it’s just a color, sometimes it’s something about the quality of a whole landscape. And any inspiration I get, I usually feel has to result in more than one piece. Because a life of constant creativity, you can’t afford to pass up any good ideas. And then I usually go and make a scale drawing of the mold I’m going to build, or of the basket as I want it to be, or both. And sometimes I’ll have an inspiration for a long time without being able to think how to make the shape. So I have a notebook where I keep these things. And then I build the mold. Then I make layer upon layer of paper with these inclusions of reed or cord or whatever, and build it up. Eventually it comes off the mold, and then it needs to be shaped and painted. And I go through periods of using lots of color and then using no color and just concentrating on the form.

Mary Merkel-Hess

More info: Website, Facebook, Instagram (h/t: Craft in America, Browngrotta).

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Curated by Leandro Limolive

CEO-founder of Visualflood. A Brazil-based amateur fine art photographer, among other things, who loves visual arts, nature, science, and innovative technologies. You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

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