Before you consult the dictionary, you should know that I made the word up. It combines the word origami (the art of paper folding) with the word taxidermy (filling dead animal heads with cotton balls or something and putting them on your walls). But everyone can feel good about handing one of my Taxigami pieces in their home because…
- They aren’t made of real animals
- They are made of recycled cardboard, grocery bags and news papers
The origin story for the Taxigami series, while not as epic as a superhero origin story, is still pretty fun. The Community Art Center used to have a show once a year called the Blockbuster. Each year a theme would be chosen and the entire building would be covered in art and activities to fit this theme. As the Artist-in-Residence, I always made art for my studio and the show that fit the theme.
One year the theme was Recycled Art; now more popularly referred to as “upcycled art.” This is a pretty broad theme and, as it often happens when I am faced with too many options, I got a serious case of artist’s block. I sat in my studio playing Minecraft for about three weeks. I made sure to explain to people who stopped in that it was “all part of my process!”
As it turned out, Minecraft, while not a part of the physical process, did turn out to be an inspiration for the series. In Minecraft you build shelters out of very blocky pieces of wood and stone. Similarly, I grabbed a hot-glue gun, some cardboard and an exacto knife and began piecing together my Taxigami series. I went on to make many other animals and now, with my new interest in abstract, I plan to do an abstract sculpture series as well as a box monster series using the same techniques. More to come!