Gallery Shelley Martin: Paper Sculpture Artistry from the Mendocino Coast

Column I

Column I -- artwork © Shelley Martin

I made this piece after Bill's first cancer diagnosis (he had three diagnoses over a period of many years). This column is made from cardboard tubing attached to a wooden base on the top and bottom. It stands 5' tall and is on an 18" square base with lathe turned round forms connecting to the cardboard. This column was a way for me to deal with death -- everything glued on it was no longer living. For example, there are dried flowers, dried sea horses, glass objects, and pearls. Yet, when I finished this piece, it felt like a celebration of life, rather than a symbol for death.

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