Traverse City artist, Denise Samuels, papers the walls of the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s Lobby Gallery with paper constructions. Samuels exhibits sculptural, geometric constructions with recycled papers – cereal boxes, common cardboard, and other heavier fibers she sometimes paints and alters – and stitches each hand-cut piece together with wire. The Paper Constructions exhibition opens on Saturday, September 4th and runs through Friday, December 17th.
After receiving a BFA and MFA from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Fibers, Denise taught art at Cranbrook/Kingwood Upper and Middle Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for 29 years. At the same time, she maintained a practice exploring work that brought together painting, print-making, and sculpture.
In the collage constructions, pieces of cardboard are retrieved from the trash to become treasure. Other materials are collected from sales or gifts from friends. The pieces are measured, cut, and sewn with fine wire to create a self-supporting and dimensional cloth.