Francene Levinson 
Contemporary Paper Sculptures

Contemporary Paper Sculptures by Artist Francene Levinson transform modular 3d Origami into 
beautiful museum quality fine art.

Ocean Life Series

 
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  • Cameron
    by Fran on February 22, 2013 at 12:48 AM
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    Cameron is part of the Ocean-Life themed series. It is inspired by the little shrimp that turn and suddenly swim in new directions. Shrimp live in oceans all over the world: near shores, in cold waters, in tropical waters and in the deep sea on the ocean bottom.The shrimp lives on the river beds and ocean floors around the world, filtering sand and particles in the water. Shrimp are known to stay in schools that contain numerous shrimp individuals, and are able to adapt easily to changes in water conditions.This paper sculpture is constructed only of hand cut, hand folded, archival color, inkjet paper modules and Ph neutral glue.There are approximately 3000 triangular double-pocket,double point modules of paper linked together. This is an ancient Chinese paper folding technique called "Zhe Zhi." The architecture of folded, linked and glued paper units creates a very strong and durable sculpture medium which permits direct paper sculpting. The science of topology dictates the slope and curve of the surface by the number of points linked in a circumference. Archival paper is acid free,color stable, and generally used as legal substrate for documentation and suitable to last a minimum of 100 years.

     



  • Ocean Garden
    by Fran on November 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM
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    This "Ocean Garden" paper sculpture is composed of Anemone and is part of an Ocean Life theme on Contemporary Paper Sculptures by artist Francene Levinson http://www.francenelevinson.com It is constructed with archival inkjet paper,Ph neutral glue, recycled plastic supermarket bags, and hemp rope. The base is black acrylic. The sea anemone has a soft, muscular, cylinder-shaped stalk with a broad, circular foot at its base. Atop the stalk is a mouth surrounded by circular rows of hollow tentacles. The tentacles, which eject poisonous stinging threads to paralyze prey, grasp small animals and sweep them into the mouth. Usually, the sea anemone lives attached by its foot to shells, rocks, or wharf pilings. It can, however, slowly slide along the ocean floor on its foot or swim by moving its tentacles. When disturbed, the animal contracts its body, pulls its tentacles inside its mouth, and draws its mouth together like a pouch. This flower-like creature resembles the actual land anemone flower.

  • Sea Flower
    by Fran on June 11, 2012 at 9:32 PM
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    This contemporary modular direct paper sculpture is part of an ocean-life themed series."Sea Flower" is inspired by the flower-like marine animals that live within the ocean environment and are of the class "Anthozoa." This word is derived from two Greek words anthos+zoa which = "flower animals". It has a flexible cylindrical body and tentacles surrounding a central mouth. This paper sculpture is constructed only of hand cut, hand folded, archival color, inkjet paper modules and Ph neutral glue.There are approximately 3500 triangular double-pocket,double point modules ofpaper linked together. This is an ancient Chinese paper folding technique called "Zhe Zhi." The architecture of folded, linked and glued paper units creates a very strong and durable sculpture medium which permits direct paper sculpting. The science of topology dictates the slope and curve of the surface by the number of points linked in a circumference. Archival paper is acid free,color stable, and generally used as legal substrate for documentation and suitable to last a minimum of 100 years.

  • Caracol
    by Fran on June 11, 2012 at 9:28 PM
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    This contemporary modular direct paper sculpture is part of an ocean-life themed series."Caracol" is Spanish for shell. As a Florida resident I am greatly influenced by my surrounding environment.The Florida coastal region is rich with every type and shape of shell.It is natural for me to select shell shapes for my paper sculptures. This paper sculpture is constructed only of hand cut, hand folded, archival color, inkjet paper modules and Ph neutral glue.There are approximately 3000 triangular double-pocket,double point modules ofpaper linked together. This is an ancient Chinese paper folding technique called "Zhe Zhi." The architecture of folded, linked and glued paper units creates a very strong and durable sculpture medium which permits direct paper sculpting. The science of topology dictates the slope and curve of the surface by the number of points linked in acircumference. Archival paper is acid free,color stable, and generally used as legal substrate for documentation and suitable to last a minimum of 100 years.

  • Anemone
    by Fran on June 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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    This contemporary modular direct paper sculpture is part of an ocean-life themed series."Anemone" is inspired by the flower-like marine animals that live within the ocean environment.The ornately colored sea anemone (uh-NEM-uh-nee) is named after the equally flashy terrestrial anemone flower. A close relative of coral and jellyfish, anemones are stinging polyps that spend most of their time attached to rocks on the sea bottom or on coral reefs and are of the class "Anthozoa." This word is derived from two Greek words anthos+zoa which = "flower animals". It has a flexible cylindrical body and tentacles surrounding a central mouth. This paper sculpture is constructed only of hand cut, hand folded, archival color, inkjet paper modules and Ph neutral glue.There are approximately 3500 triangular double-pocket,double point modules ofpaper linked together. This is an ancient Chinese paper folding technique called "Zhe Zhi." The architecture of folded, linked and glued paper units creates a very strong and durable sculpture medium which permits direct paper sculpting. The science of topology dictates the slope and curve of the surface by the number of points linked in a circumference. Archival paper is acid free,color stable, and generally used as legal substrate for documentation and suitable to last a minimum of 100 years

  • Reveal
    by Fran on June 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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    This contemporary modular direct paper sculpture is part of an ocean-life themed series."Reveal" is inspired by the spines on the shell of the Spiny Oyster. Both the spines and shell are used by American Indian artists to create inlayed silver jewelry. The pearl formed inside the oyster is the reveal.This paper sculpture is constructed only of hand cut, hand folded, archival color, inkjet paper modules and Ph neutral glue.There are approximately 3000 triangular double-pocket,double point modules ofpaper linked together. This is an ancient Chinese paper folding technique called "Zhe Zhi." The architecture of folded, linked and glued paper units creates a very strong and durable sculpture medium which permits direct paper sculpting. The science of topology dictates the slope and curve of the surface by the number of points linked in acircumference. Archival paper is acid free,color stable, and generally used as legal substrate for documentation and suitable to last a minimum of 100 years.


  • Urchin
    by Fran on June 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM
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    Urchin is part of my "Ocean Life Series." It was inspired by the small spiny round creatures that live at the bottom of the sea.The sea urchin in found across the ocean floors worldwide, but rarely in the colder, polar regions. Sea urchins are commonly found along the rocky ocean floor in both shallow and deeper water and sea urchins are also commonly found inhabiting coral reefs. There are nearly 200 different species of recognised sea urchin, that come in all shapes and sizes. Some sea urchins are covered in long thin spikes where others have a hard shell that is made up of chalky plates. The red sea urchin is the longest living creature on earth, with some living more than 200 years. Sea urchins are omnivorous animals and therefore eat both plant and animal matter. The sea urchin mainly feeds on algae on the coral and rocks, along with decomposing matter such as dead fish, mussels, sponges ans barnacles.


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