Colored pencils are for drawing and coloring. Everyone knows that! But for artist Jennifer Maestre, colored pencils are for creating a different kind of art. Born in South Africa, Jennifer is now based in Massachusetts. Her use of colored pencils is quirky, unusual, and, I think, brilliant and inspiring. She has also worked with nails and window screen, among other materials.
“My sculptures 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. 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. Quantities of industrially manufactured objects are used to create flexible forms reminiscent of the organic shapes of animals and nature. Pencils are common objects, here, these anonymous objects become the structure. There is true a fragility to the sometimes brutal aspect of the sculptures, vulnerability that is belied by the fearsome texture.” (Jennifer Maestre artist statement)
More of her incredible work is available at Bored Panda and on her website here. Definitely worth a look, and be sure to read her artist statement, in which she describes her methods. I’m inspired. How about you?