Sculptor Demonstrates Stretchable Paper Sculpture Of The Notorious B.I.G.

Published December 13, 2017 323 Plays

Rumble Being an artist no longer implies paint and clay. Artists today need to invent new and unusual way to perform their craft if they want to remain relevant and up to date. So if you see this sculpture and think “that’s just some painted clay”, then think again, because the material this bust was made of is something we take for granted daily.

Artist Felix Semper can make paper manipulate in some highly unusual ways. By carefully layering stacks of paper so intricately carved, Semper has immortalized one of the most highly valued performers of the 20th century, the late Brooklyn rapper the Notorious B.I.G., into a ‘stretchable sculpture’.

The seemingly solid marble bust becomes a fluidly-moving object with a gentle tug on the top. Adorned with a golden crown on his head, B.I.G.’s face can be picked up, moved, and maneuvered in mind-bending positions and postures. Semper’s flexible art recalls the work of Chinese artist Li Hongbo, whose stretchable paper busts have taken on a range of classical and contemporary themes.

Semper crafts his stretchable sculptures from hundreds of layers of glued paper, each carefully modeled around his subjects. The Biggie bust can be transformed to stretch, twist, elongate and retract, the notion of its aesthetically solid appearance twisting our stomachs as we watch.

The artist brought ‘Big Poppa’ to the streets of New York City. “I like to take my sculptures from the art galleries to the public so the average person that normally does not go to an art gallery can be introduced to art,” Semper says.

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