Sylvia Beeman

I began making  papier mâché sculptures almost 20 years ago, after finding a bundle of wire tossed into my garage. The basic materials of my sculptures are scrap paper twisted over curvey, wire line drawings, the occasional found object, and glue, combined with imagination.  In traditional papier mâché sculpture the inner paper-and-glue substance of crude and mass produced forms is concealed beneath plaster and/or paint. However, in my sculptures I intentionally strive to display both the underlying materials of which they are composed and a refined and graceful form.  Because I am a biologist and entomologist by training and an inveterate watcher of people, it seems only natural that my whimsical creations would be life forms—amalgamations of plants, animals, and people. 

Art serves me as both occupation and therapy.  My sources of inspiration come from daily life, a melange of family, women’s, and human concerns.  Recurrent themes that I deal with include the preciousness of  life, the humor of  the human condition, and the interrelatedness of life forms.