Fine Art Paper Sculptures by Francene Levinson

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 About  Paper Sculpture 

Old notions of what can be created with paper have been revolutionized!
I have created fine art complex modular paper sculptures to convey my impressions of the natural world. I use high quality archival paper and archival glue to build durable  paper sculptures that are museum quality and  display ready.

I hope you are as amazed as I am, when you look at this new sculptural medium through which I express my artistic vision.

 These fine art sculptures were inspired by traditional Modular Chinese Folk Art called ZHE ZHI (Paper Folding).


This sculpture is made of many pieces of archival quality (acid free) colored ink jet paper. Each piece is cut in a proportion of 1:2 from a uniform set of squares. Once cut, each individual rectangular piece of paper is folded 9 times, exactly the same as the others, forming a triangular double pocket which is then linked to the next unit and glued with archival quality liquid glue.


In the United States, in 1993, illegal Chinese immigrants were captured off the coast of New York Harbor. While in prison waiting for their cases to be decided, the prisoners created remarkable folded multi-unit paper sculptures with ordinary materials such as magazines, newspapers, legal pads, etc. At first, because no one in the western world had ever seen it before, it was thought that this unique folding style was invented by the prisoners when, in fact, it was an ancient Chinese art form. These sculptures were sold to raise money for their cause through an exhibit called “Fly to Freedom,” sponsored by friends, lawyers, and later, exhibited at the Jersey Historical Society. Today, the style is also known as “Golden Venture Art,” named after the ship that carried them onto our shores seeking freedom.

   Why I created this: 

Zhe Zhi, a modular paper folding technique that was, and still is, traditional in China.  The refugees of the Golden Venture transcended the confinement of their cells and created both meaning and beauty from the most ordinary of materials.These creative artists and Chinese modular paper folding have influenced my sculptural efforts. Paper is as fragile as freedom. Amazingly, paper can be as strong as the desire for that freedom when it is linked together in this unique form of art. My sculptures now reflect individual frailty strengthened by the foundation of unity.

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