Artist Creates Incredible Facial Sculptures Made From Folded Paper
Daughter of artists, Polly Verity grew up in an environment where there were plenty of art materials to hand and she was encouraged to experiment. Her step-grandfather, Eric de Mare had written a book “Your Book of Paperfolding” in the 1960s.
Later on, when she was about 8, he gave her a copy. This inspired a journey in paper, the idea that you could transform a flat sheet into three dimensions was very exciting. She has been experimenting with paper ever since.
In her words about the process “When I hit the curved folds that’s when my brain popped. Seemingly impossible things could happen to a sheet of paper. My years of observing and investigating how curve folds behave has given me a feel for bringing the curves into the figurative realm. I tried to fold along the profile of a face, and I realized that I could tweak the paper on either side just very slightly and ease curves out to give volume and form. When I tried the same technique in watercolour paper, I suddenly had micro-control over the resulting curved forms and they became soft and sensual. So each face goes on to inform the next and they have become a sort of series.”