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



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November 23, 2022

Grace Ebert

A photo of a cardboard bear bust

“Polar Bear” (2011), archival cardboard, ink, and pink pencil, 26 x 53 x 29 inches. Picture by Mark Davidson. All pictures 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 delusion 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 enamel. Many bear the markings of human contact, with drips of ink and pencil drawings on their faces and our bodies. “Bodily lovely, 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 December 22, and you will discover extra of Fife’s sculptures on his site.

 

A photo of a cardboard lion bust

“Lioness” (2011), archival cardboard, ink, and pink pencil, 26 x 53 x 29 inches. Picture 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. Picture 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. Picture by Traver Gallery

A photo of a cardboard wolf bust

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

A photo of a cardboard wolf bust

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

Scott Fife's sculptures in a gallery

Picture by Traver Gallery

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#cardboard
#Scott Fife
#sculpture

 

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