Paper Envelopes Made Into Geometric Quilts

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In an every day scenario of receiving mail, it can become fairly common to automatically discard an envelope, and in most cases only seek to review the contents within. For Stephen Sollins this, however, would not be the case. He has taken paper envelopes that would otherwise be stacked high at trash sites and has instead recycled and transformed them into lovely traditional quilts that use geometric forms as patterns.

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“I am interested in using the geometry, grids, and systematic approaches of high modern, minimal, and conceptual art, in part to show how they do and do not relate to more popular and sentimental forms. This combination of sources and systems involves questions about the symbolic economy of love and affection, as well as the collision of overt sentimentality and high modernist ideal, while evoking loss, elements of time, and the process of handiwork.” -Stephen Sollins

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Stephen currently has this series of works on display at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery, 531 West 26th Street, New York, NY. The series, entitled “STEPHEN SOLLINS: CORRESPONDENCE”, will be up until March 15th. These large-scale works are mostly constructed out of paper envelopes, but some also have mixtures of printed paper, tyvek and even sometimes foil as well. I love the small details of cursive handwriting and patterns, they leave a small reflection into the past, for me in particular, of when my grandmother would make quilts from our matching patterned dresses.

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