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hetty and norman metzger: geometric paper shapes

Moving from rural Pennsylvania to the coast of Florida was as beneficial for Hetty Metzger as changing her medium from acrylics and inks to paper.

The self taught artist collaborates on woven and folded paper wall art with her husband Norman, who discovered his creativity after he retired from a career in human services. The couple construct and assemble elementary geometric shapes from paper, creating a strong sense of order through repetition of form and color.

Blues Fest, 23” x 23” x .25”
more than 600 constructed and assembled paper boxes

Autumn Dusk,
woven paper fringe, 107 constructed paper boxes (center section)

The pieces have great depth which the artists achieve through an exquisite use of color AND placing many tiny boxes inside of the larger boxes.  Read descriptions for several of these on the Smithsonian Craft Show website to get a better sense of the process (place your cursor over each image on the SCS site to see the detailed information).  Brilliant.

Pixology, detail, 22” x 36.25”
created from the construction and assembly of 4361 boxes

Fried Green Tomatoes, 23” x 23” x .25”


“Our current work is a collaboration of who we are, whom we’ve been with an ever-present eye to where we are going. We are pleased that the journey has enabled us to create art that has been appreciated by the public and recognized by our peers.”


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