Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Coloured Pencils,

and their shavings,

 are the preferred medium for artist Jennifer Maestre

 she, using them constructs,

 sea urchins, 

 out of this world creatures, 

and this one looking so much like a crown of thorns starfish, (Acanthaster planci), She shares in her artist statement: The spines of the urchin, so dangerous yet beautiful, serve as an explicit warning against contact, the alluring texture of the spines draws the touch in spite of the possible consequences, the tension unveiled, we feel push and pull, desire and repulsion, the sections of pencils present aspects of sharp and smooth for two very different textural and aesthetic experiences, paradox and surprise are integral in my choice of materials.’ several pieces by Maestre were recently on view as part of an exhibition titled “Waste to Art” in Baku, Azerbaijan, you can see more of her works-in-progress on Facebook, what a completely different way to use the tools of your trade.

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