Look closely and you’ll see that these amazingly complex sculptures by Jennifer Maestre are made out of pencils. If you could touch them, you’d find out that these prickly sculptures aren’t solid structures but made from a sort of woven material that strings together the pencils like beads. The surprise you may experience at discovering these things is an important aspect of her work:
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.
These are so awesome!