Paper and cardboard. Two materials that surround us in every day life. Paper often overwhelms us (are you buried under a pile of papers as you scurry to finish your taxes?) and cardboard often confounds us (cardboard boxes represent packing and unpacking. . .of things and life).
Vally Nomidou uses these abundant materials in ‘Let it bleed’, a collection of life size sculptures that depict the strength and vulnerability of women and girls.
Nomidou builds a cardboard grid frame for each figure, covering it with ‘skin’ made of paper – handmade paper, newspapers and paper towels. Wire, PVA medium and white glue hold it together. After each figure is constructed, the artist uses electric sanders to shape and further define the features, adding details by cutting, sewing and gluing. She does not paint or pigment the sculptures – the colors of the papers and the bleeding of those colors creates the subtle shading of skin and clothing. Fascinating.