Kellie O’Hara

Grids, Maps, and Paper
22 October 2010

For my senior seminar project I will be researching, gathering inspiration from, and experimenting with paper as a form of art. Studying the many forms that fall under this category will result in the creation of my original designs. I’d like to experiment with different thicknesses and transparencies of paper, manipulating it by cutting, layering, folding, and sculpting. By combining pattern, shape, form and negative space I would like to create an aesthetically pleasing outcome. Throughout my experimentation and creation process I will challenge myself and push past failed attempts in order to gain self-satisfaction and gratification from both the procedure and the result.

Looking at maps, grids, charts, etc. has always had an elegant and beautiful quality to me, which I would like to combine with the manipulation of paper. My procedure may become more elaborate, but to start with I intend to gather my inspiration from line drawings. I’d like to design my own line drawing illustrations to use on the paper I wish to cut, fold, and layer. I have always been inspired by the amazing things that a single sheet of paper can do which has inspired me to explore and push the boundaries of what I can create. My goal throughout the year is simple: to challenge myself by experimenting with a new form of art and to gain satisfaction by enjoying the process and being happy with the end result.

Throughout my education as an artist I have found that my craft has progressed over the years due to practice and repetition. The most satisfying thing that I have found as an artist is to follow a long set of steps that I feel will never end, but finally reaching an outcome where something beautiful has been constructed. I enjoy the dedication and involvement that is required to create something intricate. These pleasures of mine will reflect in my paper art and will be useful for me to stay true to my personal style while trying new techniques and learning new skills.

paper art
pure research, applications on the fly, 20 September 2010

For my senior seminar project I will be researching, gathering inspiration from, experimenting, and creating paper art. Studying the many forms that fall under this category will result in the creation of my original designs. I intend to experiment manipulating paper by cutting, curling, folding, and sculpting it. By combining pattern, shape, form and negative space I would like to create an aesthetically pleasing outcome. Throughout my experimentation and creation process I will challenge myself and push past failed attempts in order to gain self-satisfaction and gratification from both the procedure and the result.

Throughout my education as an artist I have found that my craft has progressed over the years due to practice and repetition. The most satisfying thing that I have found as an artist is to follow a complex set of steps to construct something with a beautiful outcome. I enjoy the dedication and involvement that is required to create something intricate. These pleasures of mine will reflect in my paper art and will be useful for me to stay true to my personal style while trying new techniques and learning new skills.

I have always been inspired by the amazing things that a single sheet of paper can do which has inspired me to explore and push the boundaries of what I can create. My goal throughout the year is simple: to challenge myself by experimenting with a new form of art and to gain satisfaction by enjoying the process and being happy with the end result.



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