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Art of Science: Paper + Scissors = Rock


Mineral sculptures by Lydia Kasumi Shirreff, 2011

Mineral sculptures by Lydia Kasumi Shirreff

Lydia Kasumi Shirreff can create most anything out of paper.  The UK-based paper sculptor has turned flattened sheets of dead trees into eye-popping 3D models of plants, animals, building, and food, just to name a few. But my fave is the geology-inspired work she produced for a 2011 show called Animal, Vegetable, Mineral. Paper, scissors, meet rock.





The Art of Science: Encaustic Geology

Laura Moriarty, Vista, 2012, encaustic and monoprint

Laura Moriarty, Vista, 2012, encaustic and monoprint

Artist Laura Moriarty says that the goal of her work is to “contemplate and compare human and geologic time.” Working mainly in encaustic, a mixture of wax and pigments, she creates many-layered sculptures that beautifully evoke geological strata, the earth’s archive of its past. Moriarty also makes monoprints from the sculptures themselves, reminiscent of the illustrations geologists make to express their work in 2D form. In 2011, she created a book, Table of Contents, that presented her artwork in the format of a geology textbook. “Art-rock” fans should add this one to the syllabus.

More at Laura Moriarty’s website.