The latest exhibit from the Speed Art Museum is the one you have to see in person to be believed. What looks like ornate dresses from centuries past made of silk, buttons and pearls, are really all made of paper.
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Isabelle de Borchgrave took paintings as far back as the 1700s and turned them into entirely paper drawings.
“What she did was not just create a sculpture, but figure out ‘how could I find the paper, process the paper, fold it, turn it into these incredibly ornate costumes,” “said Stephen Reily, Director of the Speed Art Museum.
The Belgian artist took 2D images and brought them into the 3D sphere. Twenty years ago, de Borchgrave began to take a close look at fashion in paintings and began to reproduce the pieces as sculpture.
This includes dresses and costumes throughout the centuries and across the world. But it didn’t stop there, she also included accessories like handbags and shoes.
It’s about taking art and turning it into another work of art in the form of fashion. You will get a feel for what people wore at a given time in a very complex and detailed way.
“It really makes you look at painting differently,” Reily said. “Thinking about history, the history of art, through these amazing and incredibly imaginative works of paper sculpture,” said Reily.
This collection will be on display at the Speed Art Museum until August, exuding a sense of whimsy during a difficult time.
“We love to share this exhibit with the community, just to come and enjoy the pure fantasy of the imagination and the art at a time when we need a little of that,” said Reily.
You can book tickets online. The Speed Art Museum is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March.
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