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Imposing Wild Animals Emerge from Layers of Cardboard in Scott Fife’s Sculptures — Colossal

Imposing Wild Animals Emerge from Layers of Cardboard in Scott Fife’s Sculptures — Colossal

Imposing Wild Animals Emerge from Layers of Cardboard in Scott Fife's Sculptures — Colossal



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#animals
#cardboard
#Scott Fife
#sculpture

November 23, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Polar Bear” (2011), archival cardboard, ink, and pink pencil, 26 x 53 x 29 inches. Photograph by Mark Davidson. All photos shared with permission

Armed with glue and screws, artist Scott Fife fashions large-scale creatures from a humble materials in an exploration of the connection between people and our animal counterparts, notably these we affiliate with fantasy and folklore. The beastly creations emerge in his aptly named solo present Cardboard Kingdom, which is on view now at Traver Gallery in Seattle.

Comprised of fringed layers and patchwork, the animals are wild and expressive, with drowsy, drooping eyes or snarling tooth. Many bear the markings of human contact, with drips of ink and pencil drawings on their faces and our bodies. “Bodily stunning, we endear these animals with many meanings. However they’re predators and prey in a brutal world. These are portraits of people as they’re in nature,” he shares.

Cardboard Kingdom is on view by way of December 22, and you will discover extra of Fife’s sculptures on his website.

 

A photo of a cardboard lion bust

“Lioness” (2011), archival cardboard, ink, and pink pencil, 26 x 53 x 29 inches. Photograph by Mark Davison

A photo of a cardboard dog

Element of “Canine With Picasso Guitar” (2022), archival cardboard, glue, drywall screws, and ink, 14 x 60 x 30 inches. Photograph by Traver Gallery

A photo of a cardboard dog

“Canine With Picasso Guitar” (2022), archival cardboard, glue, drywall screws, and ink, 14 x 60 x 30 inches. Photograph by Traver Gallery

A photo of a cardboard wolf bust

“Had been Wulf” (2007), archival cardboard, ink, and pink pencil, 25 x 25 x 34 inches. Photograph by Traver Gallery

A photo of a cardboard horse bust

“Horse” (2012), archival cardboard, dry screws, glue, ink, and pencil markings, 46 x 64 x 15 inches. Photograph by Traver Gallery

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A photo of a cardboard wolf bust

Element of “Had been Wulf” (2007), archival cardboard, ink, and pink pencil, 25 x 25 x 34 inches. Photograph by Traver Gallery

Scott Fife's sculptures in a gallery

Photograph by Traver Gallery

#animals
#cardboard
#Scott Fife
#sculpture

 

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