Paper Sculpture

JANUARY 27, 2017

In this project, we were given a sheet of paper and asked to create a sculpture out of it. This sculpture was based off of a word that we came up with that had to describe our first semester.

For my sculpture, I chose "confusing". When I first started, I knew that I wanted to convey the confusion by having a big, tangled mess of paper somewhere in the piece—however, I knew that I couldn't just present that as my project. So, after some brainstorming, I decided to make my piece represent a brain. First I made a box out of the paper, and then I decided to add some eyes, which would hopefully make the brain symbolism a bit more obvious. Finally, I cut out some strands of paper that would be the "brain"—A.K.A the tangled mess. I arranged them in a disorganized way, which was actually a bit harder then it sounds. I also wrapped some of the papers around a pencil, to give them a curlier shape and add to the general chaos.

This project was kind of fun, but I'm not entirely pleased with my result. It was my first 3D project, so I know that it's not going to be perfect, but there are still some things about it I don't like. The most prominent thing is that I wish I had had more time to fill up the box with strands of paper—I would've liked to have made better use of that space, and have curlier papers bursting out of it. Despite this, though, I'm glad that this piece was able to get the message across to the people that saw it, and I hope that I can improve in the future.