I just found this newpaper article about a Canadian sculptor in Yellowknife who creates museum-quality sculptures out of paper mache.
SOMBA K’E/YELLOWKNIFE – Sculptor Monique Robert is marshaling a myriad of monsters in midtown Yellowknife. Her work space on Forrest Park seems more like a whimsical museum than a home studio.
Robert fashions realistic-looking, supernatural animals loosely based on classical Greek and medieval European myths. Her retinue includes a muskox minotaur, dragons, giraffes, zebras, gargoyles and a centaur that is half-man, half-caribou.
“You can do whatever you want with (myth) and there are no rules,” she said. “I can come up with some really twisted characters that seem to come to life.”
Even more fantastical is the fact that Robert creates her life-sized creatures using a specialized form of papier mache. The sculptures are rugged and strong, with the look of painted wood and the solid, smooth texture of finely-sanded fibreglass. She experimented with the medium until she got the recipe just right.
“There’s nothing out there I’ve seen like it,” she said.
Read the rest of the article here, then go see her online sculpture gallery at MoniqueRobertStudios.com. Since we sw a paper mache dinosaur on this site just a few days ago, be sure to click on the photo of the orange Allosaurus. (Click any of the small photos, and you’ll get a slide show of detail photos. Very classy website. I’m jealous.)
She has a book coming out soon, and you can bet I’ll be standing in line to get my copy.