167 – Cycad Mandala

Cycad Mandala by Jennifer Maestre
Cycad Mandala by Jennifer Maestre

Now here’s someone who has learned to color outside the lines! South African Sculptor Jennifer Maestre creates these amazing three dimensional pieces using the pointed tips of color pencils.

detail - Cycad Mandala by Jennifer Maestre
detail – Cycad Mandala by Jennifer Maestre
Side View - Cycad Mandala by Jennifer Maestre
Side View – Cycad Mandala by Jennifer Maestre

I was particularly surprised by this piece because my first view of it was the first image I used here in this post, which is cool in and of itself. And yet, when I saw the side view, it’s complexity and depth just blew me away.

I love how she uses a bunch of solid, somewhat linear, objects to shape into very fluid, curvy, flowing sculptures. For her earlier pieces she used nails…yes, I said nails. Visit her portfolio page to view all of her awesome pieces.

About her process, from her web site she states:

To make the pencil sculptures, I take hundreds of pencils, cut them into 1-inch sections, drill a hole in each section (to turn them into beads), sharpen them all and sew them together. The beading technique I rely on most is peyote stitch.

About her inspiration, from her web site she states:

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.

She had me at color pencils!

Happy Coloring!

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