Current Students > Molly Blumberg (MFA 2020)

Domestic Taxidermies
found wooden chairs, flax, abaca, pigment, rubber tubing
installation view
2019
Domestic Taxidermies
flax, abaca, found wooden chair
34”x17”x17”
2019
Domestic Taxidermies
flax, abaca, pigment, found wooden chair
19”x20”x4”
2019
Domestic Taxidermies
flax, abaca, found wooden chair
12”x15”x14”
2019
Domestic Taxidermies
flax, abaca, found wooden chair
17” x 16” x 4”
2019
Domestic Taxidermies
flax, abaca, pigment, found wooden chair
20”x14”x3”
2019
Domestic Taxidermies
flax, abaca, plastic tubing, found wooden chair
17” x 18” x 16”
2019
Domestic Taxidermies
flax, abaca, found wooden chair
39” x 12” x 3”
2019
Domestic Taxidermies
flax, abaca, found wooden chair
41” x 18” x 4”
2019
Domestic Taxidermies
flax, abaca, paint, wool, found wooden chair
17” x 19” x 1”
2019

As a sculptor and papermaker, I engage handmade paper as a sculptural medium. Paper in an incredibly assertive material. As wet pulp dries, it contracts, pulls, tears, and contorts. As a membrane it asserts agency - pushing with and against an underlying skeleton. By encasing structures of altered found objects in a skin of handmade paper, I investigate how these two agents can struggle and collaborate to negotiate a form. I am interested in how this skin can articulate an underlying skeleton. The paper shrinks tightly to the armature, creating complex curves through the negative space surrounding an object. My work is a study in opposing forces, the push and pull of materials in opposition.

I am interested in strength - the strength of a seemingly delicate and innocuous material to move heavy pieces of wood and to bend a seemingly rigid structure, of the potential of a membrane to do work on its armature. And I am interested in stretch. The structure resisting the paper, the paper tightening and pulling inward - the material finds the final form.

My work involves various systems of restraint and collapse. I create both structural skeletons that will twist and bend with the drying paper to create partially imploded organic shapes, as well structures that will resist it - that will push it to its opposite potential, that will force the paper to tighten as it dries, stretched to its full potential.

www.mollyblumberg.com
@mollyblumberg