jennifer maestre sculpture

posted by the scholar on November 26th, 2007
filed under: art

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look closely at the fantastic sea creatures created by south african born, massachusetts based sculptor jennifer maestre and you will see that they’re made of pencils. that’s right, you heard me. jen’s current work is skillfully crafted from hundreds and hundreds of colored pencils. they’re cut into one inch pieces, sharpened and then drilled through to become beads, and then sewn together using a peyote stitch. in each of these incredible works you can feel the approach-avoid paradox from her medium – a clear and surprising achievement (and one of her goals). you can also see the genesis and extension of a simply fascinating idea.








all that contrasty tension in the spikey points and smooth, undulating surfaces serve as reminders of all that is dangerously attractive in nature. the textures, at first glance, give way to a certain complex reveal that comes from deep inside a person who is not only a visionary, but also a truly enlightened master of color.

i love to see the progression and throughlines of artist’s work, and jen’s website is a fabulous example of this. knowing that she started out with the idea using nails when she was a student (see the first 3 photos above), and then having it evolve organically into pencils and then being nimble enough with the concept to extend this thought into something wearable and accessible to people who aren’t hardcore collectors is truly extraordinary and seems so purposeful, and successful to me.

and i want to touch everything, even though they’re sharp, and stick my head inside that tall guy with the gaping hole at the top, to see all the spikes in there. to stare. and think and evolve like the piece itself must have done.

see more magnificence on jennifer’s website.




bonus: check out her beautiful pendants, pins and small sculpture in her etsy shop!

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8 Responses to “jennifer maestre sculpture”

  1. MySpace Text Says:

    I love it! This is great work here… i’ve never seen anything like it.

  2. the scholar Says:

    hi myspace text,

    it is super cool, isn’t it?

    thanks for the comment!

  3. Bri Says:

    What fun! I love the juxtaposition of sharp and pointy with rounded and undular. I love the pencils turned into pendants. What a great gift for traditional media artist. I can imagine that it’s difficult to support yourself just with a collector audience, so it’s very creative and savvy to make pendants for a wider audience and still maintain artistic integrity.

  4. the scholar Says:

    hi bri,

    you took the words right out of my mouth, kiddo. i quite agree! 🙂

    nice to see you!

  5. technabob Says:

    I’d be afraid I’d break off the points on these just like I do with my No. 2 pencils.

  6. the scholar Says:

    hi bob,

    this is why we need to touch the sculptures with our eyes. 🙂

    thanks for the visit!

  7. sosser Says:

    wow! this blows my head off… great discovery!

  8. the scholar Says:

    hi sosser,

    i think everything she makes is stunning and i’m glad you like it too!

    thanks for the visit!

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