Michael Velliquette’s paper sculptures are brightly coloured and richly detailed; Their decorative abundance gives an original twist to the inherent flatness of paper.
With a background in mixed-media sculpture and installations, Velliquette began to focus on the specificities of paper which developed a new creative universe in his mind.
Velliquette assembles his sculptures in colourful cut-out layers. He describes the process as ‘spontaneous,’ with every layer stemming in response to the previous one. Veliquette works with heavyweight card stocks, pairing colours arbitrarily and making irregular cuts.
Historically, the making and ornamentation of masks and totems has a strong ritual value that’s recalled in Velliquette’s work. His sculptures also call for an emotional response to design, including decorative patterns, specific colour pairings and curved layers.
Velliquette’s exhibition One From Many From One runs until 20 April at Caestecker Art Gallery, Ripon College, Wisconsin.
Photos courtesy Michael Velliquette.
Caestecker Art Gallery
Rodman Center for the Arts
Ripon, WI 54971-0248