Paper Chase: Mary Button Durell

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The Piles, tracing paper, wheat paste and acrylic, 17x18x16

I am so taken with the way artists take common materials and lead us to think of them in a more abstract way. San Francisco artist Mary Button Durell uses simple tracing paper to create beautifully simple yet amazing sculptures.

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The Piles ( detail )

Using the tracing paper and wheat paste, Durell hand shapes the forms, resulting in light, organic arrangements that seem to be suspended in a fragile state.

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Empty, tracing paper and wheat paste, 16x12x4
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3 Cloud Blue, tracing paper, wheat paste and acrylic, 17x24x1.75

The cell-like shapes and translucency call to mind shells or bubbles, ever changing and fleeting.

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60 ( detail ), tracing paper, wheat paste and acetate, 43x29x1.25

To see more work from Mary Button Durell, please check out her website.

Artist found via Anthology Magazine. All images are via the artist’s website.

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