Sher Christopher paper sculptor
Talented British paper sculptor Sher Christopher is able to create amazing things from paper, they look like origami, but they are not. Her sculptures and portraits are complex and expressive, as if they live their own fairy tale paper life.
Inspired by life, literature, film, and music, British artist Christopher enjoys the challenge of creating solely with paper. She manages to convey complex emotions though nuanced shaping in ways that are nothing short of remarkable… for instance, this young woman whose pain is palpable.
“The sculpture ‘Sorrow’ is a very, very personal piece, an auto-biographical one. In 2009 my Mum was diagnosed with cancer, with a brain tumor, and had only a few months left to live. It was the most devastating news, I couldn’t and still can’t describe the impact of losing my Mum, my best friend. I’m in tears now just typing this. At the time I couldn’t work; I was utterly lost.This image was a recurring one in my thoughts and dreams, and the only image that began to express how I felt.
So eventually I decided to create the image. I’ve had various hair colors over the years but always dream of myself with long, black hair, so she has long, black hair. The environment is empty, just functional, the way the world feels around you when your world stops turning in grief and utter loss. I think black is almost a color that gives us security in grief, we don’t think about what to wear, how we look. I think I wore the same ‘uniform’ for months; I probably still do. The red blouse is obviously my Mum, a very intelligent, creative, passionate, funny lady, the color in my life, and the red is also the bitterness and despair at how the disease took my Mum’s life”.