Rolling paper is a technique quite commonly used to make paper beads and I will show a few examples by jewellery artists later. Nava Lubelski however uses rolling to make larger sculptural works and at the same time reusing paper from her life such as tax papers and old drawings and love letters.

Nava Lubelski, Portfolio, 2011. Cut and shredded portfolio of drawings, glue, 5 x 25 x 16 inches.


Nava Lubelski, Portfolio (detail), 2011. Cut and shredded portfolio of drawings, glue, 5 x 25 x 16 inches.


Nava Lubelski, Rejection Letters, 2008. Cut and shredded rejection letters, glue, 1 x 20 x 20 inches.


Nava Lubelski, 1997 Tax File, 2007. Shredded paper and glue, 1/4 x 20 x 19 inches.


Nava Lubelski, Crush, 2008. Cut and shredded love letters, glue, 1 x 38 x 38 inches

All images from (accessed October 21, 2011)


Lubelski’s work is interesting in the way it is quietly rebellious, shredding up personal papers that we either do not like or are “supposed” to save and then making them into beautiful intricately crafted sculptures and only with the title revealing the true origin of her material. Lubelski writes in her artists statement about her paper sculptures; “The re-use of paper, as well as the attempted “repair” of the long-lost original tree, is an examination of feelings of despair about waste and unsustainability while simultaneously responding to the shadow impulse to hoard and keep what is no longer needed.”[1] It is an interesting and conscious response to the material she uses and its particular material language showing a wonderfully conceptual way of working with paper.


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