For many, learning how to draw a portrait is one of the most difficult undertakings. Artist Polly Truth, however, manages to render human strokes without ever reaching for a pencil or brush. Instead, she cleverly folds and crumples thick pieces of watercolor paper, canvas, and sometimes wire mesh to create a human face (or two).
Each of these sculptures interacts with the light source to reveal realistic features, such as noses, nostrils, lips, and eyes that Verity has pinched and smoothed. She creates realistic profiles of individuals as well as portraits of kissing couples.
The beauty of these delicate works of art lies in their simplicity. Verity begins her process with an ordinary square or rectangular sheet of paper and manipulates the 2D surface until she achieves the desired effect. Instead of relying on another medium to bring her vision to life, Verity harnesses the natural elegance of paper and canvas, letting her work shine when light hits the folded portrait.
Artist Polly Verity bends pieces of watercolor paper, canvas and wire mesh into stunning face sculptures.
She creates lips with a few well-placed creases…
A few more folds, and here is a nose…
…and finally there is a complete profile of the human face.
Verity continually experiments and excels with her unique technique, depicting all the different face shapes along the way.
Her portfolio of work also explores different sections of the face.
Watch Verity make her sculptures in these videos:
My Modern Met has granted permission to feature photos by Polly Verity.
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