Systems – Rotation, Reversal, Chance

Playing around with a system of rotation and reversal of a simple shape, I corrugated the paper cut-outs which adds an element of chance in how the light falls, the pieces are not attached and naturally curl up in random ways. Half the cut-outs were corrugated top to bottom, the rest side to side. Of course the corrugations shortened the lengths so the pieces no longer fill the squares properly. For a few moments this looked wonderful in strong sunlight but now it’s cloudy again.  


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Creating Shadows

Stepped cubein homage to Richard Wakelin

Light falling across a corrugated surface always intrigues me – inspired by my father Richard Wakelin’s sculptures from 20 years ago,  I made this smaller copy of his Stepped Cube.

Sally Wakelin pleated paper installation

A few years ago, I made this pleated paper installation in the deconsecrated chapel, whilst attending a Drawing course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park  with David Nash, amongst others. A length of drawing paper 5m x 1.5m repeatedly folded and set in front of one of the long windows, behaved like a bucket of light and has inspired me to make more pleated paper sculptures since.

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