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When I Was Ten, 2008

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    • Cast cotton on pigmented abaca base sheet.
    • Initialed by the artist on recto. Signed and dated by the artist on verso.

    About The Work

    In 2008 James Siena collaborated with Dieu Donné artistic director Paul Wong to produce two editions, Floppy Combs and When I Was Ten that take Siena's linear systems to another dimension. The artist's use of cast handmade paper pushes Siena's graphic work into new territory through its unpredictably physical and eccentric nuances.

    Both editions feature imagery that the artist has explored earlier in his life and career. Floppy Combs, derived from a motif that first appeared in 1983, has been explored most recently in drawings and as a wood engraving. When I Was Ten dates back to a drawing creating during Siena's childhood. Now lost, the drawing featured perpendicular, rounded, and continuous shapes. The young artist recalls saying to himself: "I'm going to do this again when I grow up."

    In order to bring these drawings to life in paper, Siena scribed his two images in clay slabs, from which a rubber mold was made. Black cotton pulp was cast into the molds by hand, and attached to a backing sheet of high-shrinkage fiber (white linen rag pulp for Floppy Combs and a persimmon colored abaca sheet for When I Was Ten). The pieces were dried slowly to enhance the shrinkage and buckling of the sheets as the two different fibers pulled against each other.

    Courtesy of Dieu Donné

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