Paper Becoming Leaves: Ivy Leaves Screen Sculpture by Sandy Bleifer

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Sculpture: Paper, Fabric, Wood on Paper, Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Wood.

6 panels, each: 16”W x 48”H x 8”D (under 8' wide when assembled)
Hand Made Paper (Abaca) / Airbrush (gouache) / acrylic - mounted on silk panels and framed by furniture artist, David Perry
Concept: Expresses the common aspects of ivy leaves and paper: their inherent flatness and the similar qualities of coloration of variegated ivy with poured pulp. The 6 panels are comprised of 2 halves of 3 cast paper sheets. The three colors of ivy are represented: solid green, white and variegated. From left to right, there are geometric divisions between the colors of ivy that continue across the panels without interrupting the forms of individual leaves.
The leaves were formed by pressing wet pulp into the backs of actual ivy leaves (just as bakers form chocolate leaves for cake decoration). The backs of the leaves provide a ready-made mold for creating a positive of the leaf. The geometric shapes can represent both the shadows of a building on a bed of ivy and an abstract compositional device to connect and organize the color areas across the 3 cast sheets. The straight edges of the geometric divisions as well as the slicing of each poured sheet contrast with the uneven edge of the leaves on the top, bottom and both sides of the original triptych.


Paper Becoming Leaves: Ivy Leaves Screen

Sandy Bleifer

United States


Size: 85 W x 48 H x 8 in

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