Over the course of her twelve-week residence in the gallery, paper artist Jessica Smith will be constructing component pieces for a large, sprawling arrangement styled after the romantic floral arrangements of Victorian-era florist Constance Spry. In her talk, Jessica will introduce you to the history of paper flower making across centuries and cultures, explain the unique sculptural strengths of this ubiquitous material, and highlight her own sources of visual inspiration for the textural, layered installation she is dedicating her residency to creating, with the ultimate question being - does scale help transcend both the material and the craft to create a textured visual piece that can stand on its own in a contemporary gallery setting?
Jessica Smith is the artist behind Folium. She received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from RISD. Jessica turned to paper flower-making in 2015 as a colorful mental break from the more monochromatic, physically rigorous work of metalsmithing, and has quickly grown to an obsession that feeds off of her lifelong love of plants and flowers.