After researching a few artist I was inspired by Li Hongho. I read that the saying “life is as fragile as paper’ had left an impact on him. Li Hongbo is intimately familiar with paper’s technical possibilities. His sculptures only use paper and glue.

in the image above I enjoy how Li Hongbo has paid homage to Michelangelo’s marble sculptures but because Li has used paper in a honeycomb construction the sculpture is able to move in an accordion way, taking on new shapes that distort the classic beauty. The overall look is weird but I find it interesting and fun.

So I experimenting making my own paper pulp. I used paper tissue and soaked it in water and PVA glue. I started looking around the house to see what surfaces I could mould with my paper pulp.

I pressed my paper pulp into my dish rack to record the pattern and then I experiment with my egg basket and other objects in the house to see if I could mould the surface of these objects onto my paper and how successful this could be?.

The paper pulp can crumble very easily so the effect is very rusty and flaky not very refined.

This sample has picked up on some of the detail of the carved wooden box. I think the paper pulp works best when it is thin.

More experiments with my sons lego. This worked well to create a repetitive surface pattern. The beauty of paper pulp is that it can be painted with any sort of paint.

I experiment with smaller parts of lego to create different surface patterns. This technique works well as the pulp is soft and it can take small amounts of pressure.

More experimentations with anything I can find in the house. I used some rose soap that was cast in the shape of a rose and gently pressed into the paper pulp.

Conclusion

Paper pulp works well to record surface prints around you. The negatives are that it breaks easily and the end result is not very smooth so for these reasons some of the detail is lost. I also realised that if not treated with paint or varnish after a few days it goes mouldy. This is a technique that I need to experiment in more detail. I have come to realise that it is not a technique that I am passionate about but it is one that I can use when I haven’t got many resources available to me. Paper is a frágil material and I wonder if I am to heavy handed for it?