Monday, April 13, 2009

Papua in Paper

This is a paper sculpture I recently made for a friend, representing a carved agiba from Papua New Guinea (inspired by the stunning photograph below.)  It's part of a series of embossed paper art I'm currently working on for myself.

Photo by Paul B. de Rautenfeld, 1925.  
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I love New Guinea art and have managed to collect a few authentic pieces over the years, but artifacts from this fragile and endangered culture are difficult to find.  Luckily there are some great collections to see in museums across the country, most notably New York, Chicago, Massachusetts...and here in California.

The de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, is currently home to over 400 masterworks of New Guinea art from the collection of Marcia and John Friede.  I was there last week and spent well over an hour exploring the gallery with my jaw hanging open.  

9 comments:

Matt Hunter Ross said...

great, once again, Kevin!

Eric Scales said...

Beautiful. Just the right balance of authenticity and wacky exaggeration

Humuhumu said...

It's the cutest, happiest skull rack ever! That's beautiful, Kevin.

Stéphane Kardos said...

Kevin, I love your blog :)

paulalowery said...

What a wonderful piece, Kevin. By the way, Alice D. is hoping to interest the De Young in Marc's Papua New Guinea art and artifacts. Wouldn't that be the perfect place?

Major Pepperidge said...

Wow, neat paper sculpture, you can really do anything in that medium if you have the talent! Do you use any particular kind of paper, or is it just "whatever works"?

That would be so cool if Marc Davis' collection went into a museum as a whole, especially if it's in California. Let's cross our fingers...

Steve Haskamp said...

What a beautiful piece you have made. I enjoyed seeing all of your inspiration as well. Great blog!!

[rich] said...

Awesome - have you any other photos you could share?

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