Amanda Degener Sculpture

I make at least one large sculpture a year, these photos I put up are some of my favorites.

I will have an installation at Art-a-Whirl in the Grain Belt Brewery Bottling house - 77 13th Ave NE

Come see a new installation

Friday May 20 5-10,
Saturday May 21, 12-8 • Free papermaking on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday May 22, 12-5



5 Elements

 

Healing House

The Healing House
on view at Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House during 2014 Art-A-Whirl.

Natural elements were embedded into the paper like seeds and shells and the windows contain  clear envelopes of herbs, each of which is labeled with a key for reference as to its healing properties. Tai Chi and massage where done in the house over the course of the weekend.

10' x 6' x 8'
Metal armiture, Cotton paper with seeds. Chinese Herbs in windows.
Natural items like starfish, rocks, etc.
Massage and Tai Chi happened there.

Healing House

The Healing House
on view at Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House during 2014 Art-A-Whirl.

Natural elements were embedded into the paper like seeds and shells and the windows contain  clear envelopes of herbs, each of which is labeled with a key for reference as to its healing properties. Tai Chi and massage where done in the house over the course of the weekend.

10' x 6' x 8'
Metal armiture, Cotton paper with seeds. Chinese Herbs in windows.
Natural items like starfish, rocks, etc.
Massage and Tai Chi happened there.


Healing House

The Healing House
on view at Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House during 2014 Art-A-Whirl.

Natural elements were embedded into the paper like seeds and shells and the windows contain  clear envelopes of herbs, each of which is labeled with a key for reference as to its healing properties. Tai Chi and massage where done in the house over the course of the weekend.

10' x 6' x 8'
Metal armiture, Cotton paper with seeds. Chinese Herbs in windows.
Natural items like starfish, rocks, etc.
Massage and Tai Chi happened there.

Healing House

The Healing House
on view at Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House during 2014 Art-A-Whirl.

Natural elements were embedded into the paper like seeds and shells and the windows contain  clear envelopes of herbs, each of which is labeled with a key for reference as to its healing properties. Tai Chi and massage where done in the house over the course of the weekend.

10' x 6' x 8'
Metal armiture, Cotton paper with seeds. Chinese Herbs in windows.
Natural items like starfish, rocks, etc.
Massage and Tai Chi happened there.

Dome

Collaboration by Amanda Degener and James Kleiner. View of outside at “Art-a-Whirl”, Minneapolis.

Inspired by Buckminster Fuller's domes we cast paper on onto a dome viewers could enter. The cement relief sculpture on the floor was completely conceived and made by James.

Metal, Pigmented Cast Abaca Handmade Paper
Aprox. 15’ diameter base, 10’ tall
2011


Dome

Collaboration by Amanda Degener and James Kleiner. View showing cast cement made by James Kleiner.

Inspired by Buckminster Fuller's domes we cast paper on onto a dome viewers could enter. The cement relief sculpture on the floor was completely conceived and made by James.

Metal, Pigmented Cast Abaca Handmade Paper
Aprox. 15’ diameter base, 10’ tall
2011

Dome

Collaboration by Amanda Degener and James Kleiner. View of inside at “Art-a-Whirl”, Minneapolis.

Inspired by Buckminster Fuller's domes we cast paper on onto a dome viewers could enter. The cement relief sculpture on the floor was completely conceived and made by James.

Metal, Pigmented Cast Abaca Handmade Paper
Detail
2011

Seed, Spirit, Plant, Earth, Seed Again

View of overall at “Faculty Exhibition”, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

The "Earth" panels are blue circles, "Seed" panels have seeds imbedded into the paper, "Plant" have green dyed raw kozo, and all the  "Spirit" panels are unique. The size of the panels gets smaller as it goes towards the ceiling forcing an illusion of something taller. It took several years to make the paper for this sculpture which is a holder of light. I was trying to convey the feeling of a good day of meditation.

Artist made paper
Aprox. 20’ tall,
top diameter 2’, bottom 6’
2004


Seed, Spirit, Plant, Earth, Seed Again

View of interior.

The "Earth" panels are blue circles, "Seed" panels have seeds imbedded into the paper, "Plant" have green dyed raw kozo, and all the  "Spirit" panels are unique. The size of the panels gets smaller as it goes towards the ceiling forcing an illusion of something taller. It took several years to make the paper for this sculpture which is a holder of light. I was trying to convey the feeling of a good day of meditation.

Artist made paper
Aprox. 20’ tall,
top diameter 2’, bottom 6’
2004

Seed, Spirit, Plant, Earth, Seed Again

View of entrance.

The "Earth" panels are blue circles, "Seed" panels have seeds imbedded into the paper, "Plant" have green dyed raw kozo, and all the  "Spirit" panels are unique. The size of the panels gets smaller as it goes towards the ceiling forcing an illusion of something taller. It took several years to make the paper for this sculpture which is a holder of light. I was trying to convey the feeling of a good day of meditation.

Artist made paper
Aprox. 20’ tall,
top diameter 2’, bottom 6’
2004

Containment and Regeneration

View of overall at “Faculty Exhibition”, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

A block of ice impregnated with seeds and small pebbles was put into the sculpture everyday. As the ice melted the seeds let go and the sound on the bamboo was like a musical instrument. There are live bamboo plants inside that got nurtured by the water. The structure is lashed together with bamboo poles and both kozo and bamboo fiber were cast on the dead bamboo house-like form.

Live Bamboo, dead bamboo, cast kozo and bamboo paper, ice, seeds
Aprox. 15’ tall, by 4’ square
2003


Containment and Regeneration

View of once a day ice block impregnated with seeds.

A block of ice impregnated with seeds and small pebbles was put into the sculpture everyday. As the ice melted the seeds let go and the sound on the bamboo was like a musical instrument. There are live bamboo plants inside that got nurtured by the water. The structure is lashed together with bamboo poles and both kozo and bamboo fiber were cast on the dead bamboo house-like form.

Live Bamboo, dead bamboo, cast kozo and bamboo paper, ice, seeds
Detail
2003

Ancestor Balloon

View of overall at “Faculty Exhibition”, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

During the end of the war Japan launched 9000 handmade paper balloons on the jet air stream with bombs attached, over 1000 of them reached North America. They knew the paper in these 10 meter diameter balloons was strong enough. My grandfather was a hot air balloonist for the Navy and a great story-teller. I sent handmade paper out to people who wanted to participate and people wrote about their ancestors. These books are the ballast of the balloon, our ancestors keep us grounded. The stories in the books can be touched and read.

Cast kozo, seagrass, air, reed
Aprox. 10’diameter
2000

Ancestor Balloon

View books, stories from others about their ancestors.

During the end of the war Japan launched 9000 handmade paper balloons on the jet air stream with bombs attached, over 1000 of them reached North America. They knew the paper in these 10 meter diameter balloons was strong enough. My grandfather was a hot air balloonist for the Navy and a great story-teller. I sent handmade paper out to people who wanted to participate and people wrote about their ancestors. These books are the ballast of the balloon, our ancestors keep us grounded. The stories in the books can be touched and read.

Cast kozo, seagrass, air, reed
Detail
2000


From Within and Without

Commission for and installation at Lawrence University.

The inner bark of the mulberry tree made the paper for this sculpture. The tree in the lobby of Lawrence University's Music Building was my inspiration.

Artist made kozo and gampi paper with suminagashi
1999

From Within and Without

Commission for and installation at Lawrence University.

The inner bark of the mulberry tree made the paper for this sculpture. The tree in the lobby of Lawrence University's Music Building was my inspiration.

Artist made kozo and gampi paper with suminagashi
Detail
1999

Alice in Wonderland

Made with a grant from Forecast Studio Projects.

Artist made kozo & cotton paper on Aluminum armature
24’ x 8’x 2’
1985


Alice in Wonderland

Made with a grant from Forecast Studio Projects.

Artist made kozo & cotton paper on Aluminum armature
24’ x 8’x 2’
1985

Alice in Wonderland

Made with a grant from Forecast Studio Projects.

Artist made kozo & cotton paper on Aluminum armature
24’ x 8’x 2’
1985

Aboriginal Parthenon

Made with a Grant from the Jerome Foundation.

The Parthenon is a temple in Rome Italy dedicated to Athena, goddess of many things including arts and handicraft. I decided to make an inverted basket shape for my sculpture and similar to the  Parthenon a circular opening at the peak of the roof.

Wood, kozo paper, metal, fiberglass
15’ diameter 10’ tall
2005


Aboriginal Parthenon

Made with a Grant from the Jerome Foundation.

The Parthenon is a temple in Rome Italy dedicated to Athena, goddess of many things including arts and handicraft. I decided to make an inverted basket shape for my sculpture and similar to the  Parthenon a circular opening at the peak of the roof.

Wood, kozo paper, metal, fiberglass
15’ diameter 10’ tall
2005

Essence

poem by Stuart Kestembaum, calligraphy by Jan Owen, sculpture by Amanda Degener.

Fiberglass, walnut dyed paper,
wood, ink
4’ x 2.5’ x 3’
2004

Essence

poem by Stuart Kestembaum, calligraphy by Jan Owen, sculpture by Amanda Degener.

Fiberglass, walnut dyed paper,
wood, ink
4’ x 2.5’ x 3’
detail of paper
2004