"Armor" Regal Series, 2010
PAPER STATUS, paper sculptures
A crown, metal pin or tattoo can all act as symbols of identity, wealth, ceremony or social position. As humans we drape ourselves with garments beyond practical function, with ornaments as forms of self-expression or distinction, leaving a visual impression on others.
Manivone Nonthaveth constructs accessories or objects made solely of paper as her sculptural medium. Paper Status is a conceptual body of work that examines how human accessories play a role in social status and identity, while essentially these objects are all simply “paper”, equal in transience and fragility. The paper sculptures are produced in life scale then photographed on models. Each sculptural piece is jointly exhibited with its photograph.
Under the umbrella of Paper Status, the artist further breaks down social constructs through thematic categories such as the “Regal Series” and “Gender Series”. The “Regal Series” focuses on social rank represented through objects, whereas the “Gender Series” observes masculine and feminine objects that are designated to a specific sex.
Paper Status continues to assess and provoke diverse social boundaries and while in corresponding appreciation of individuality and merit, we should also acknowledge the commonalities of all human beings.
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Swiss origami master Sipho Mabona plans to fold a massive life-sized elephant from a specially produced 2,500 square foot (125 sqm) sheet of paper at the Art Museum in Beromünster, Switzerland. Titled White Elephant, the artists is currently raising funds for the endeavor through Indiegogo so he can fund the production of paper and hopefully film the program in a timelapse video similar to the animation above. Mabona is offering a number of rewards such as origami instructions and original folded pieces including his famous koi and swallows.
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