Paperika Redux

Richard Shipps's avatar Richard Shipps

"Paperika Redux" asks the viewer to re-imagine paper in the 21st century. Simultaneously precious, and disposable, paper has been the archival repository of our storytelling and the history of the world - a job now relegated to digital devices. We are also re-imagining nature as we confront global warming, species extinction and genetic modification. Paperika Redux provides a re-imagined organic nature displayed against the background of the natural world beyond the windows in DeVos Place. Four primal shapes are used to combine, morph and multiply, creating complexity from simplicity. By placing the paper both inside and outside on the glass, we bridge the gap and allow nature to come inside and free the art to overlay on the natural world. The work was cut from a single roll of paper 9.5' x 150' using an x-acto knife. The paper panels are held in place on four large metal grids using magnets. The piece is informed by traditional paper cutting techniques from many cultures.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 2
  • Medium: Cut Paper
  • Width: 66
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 22