When I Was Ten, 2008


Cast cotton on pigmented abaca base sheet.

19.50 x 15.00 x 0.25 in

49.5 x 38.1 x 0.6 cm

Edition of 15

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

    About James Siena

    From The Magazine

    • Ships in 10 to 14 business days from New York.
    • This work is final sale and not eligible for return.
    • Questions about this work?
    • Interested in other works by this artist or other artists? We will source them for you.
    • Want to pay in installments?

    Contact an Artspace Advisor


    • Download the app.
    • Use the exclusive 'View in My Room' feature.
    • See how it looks on your own walls.


    a treasure trove of fine art from the world's most renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. We offer exclusive works you can't find anywhere else.


    through exclusive content featuring art news, collecting guides, and interviews with artists, dealers, collectors, curators and influencers.


    authentic artworks from across the globe. Collecting with us means you're helping to sustain creative culture and supporting organizations that are making the world a better place.


    with our art advisors for buying advice or to help you find the art that's perfect for you. We have the resources to find works that suit your needs.


    Artspace offers you authentic, exclusive works from world-renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Collecting with us helps support creative culture while bringing you art news, interviews and access to global art resources.