I’m not going to lie. For today’s art installment feature, I must admit that I had a really hard time finding something that I thought was truly visually awesome. I mean, let’s be honest here—for this blog, I really want to focus on things that are super interesting and visually appealing (it’s what you all deserve!). So, after some long hours of research, I finally found something that caught my eye. This art installment, which was created by Jennifer Maestre, focuses on sculpture—but not just in the ordinary sense. The sculptures, which Maestre composes out of pencils (YES, PENCILS. Crazy, right?) were, “originally inspired by the form and function of the sea urchin. 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” (Maestre). Maestre creates the pieces by turning one inch pencil sections into beads by drilling holes through the middle. She then sharpens the ends and joins them together by a peyote stitch. “Using this combination of technique and materials allows me to retain all the qualities that I want in my work, with the potential for more variety of form” (Maestre). Overall, I think the concept of this art installment is brilliant. Different and captivating, Maestre does a great job exploring objects that would normally go unnoticed.
Be sure to check out more of her work at www.jennifermaestre.com