Michael Velliquette: Into the Great Wide Awesome 

July 5–September 1, 2013 Past Exhibitions
Image for Michael Velliquette,Human Costume, Paper, acrylic, ink,2013, Lent by the artist and Tory Folliard GalleryMichael Velliquette, Human Costume, Paper, acrylic, ink, 2013, Lent by the artist and Tory Folliard Gallery

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Exhibitions of his stunning cut paper sculptures in New York, Texas, North Carolina, Oregon, California and Wisconsin have won Madison-based paper artist Michael Velliquette a national reputation. His low-relief, cut constructions begin with hand-painted heavyweight watercolor paper. He then paints the paper with a mix of inks and acrylic paints to achieve a richness of depth and color saturation. The individual paper elements are then hand-cut and glued in successive layers, creating a complex interaction of texture and dimensionality.

In his own words, Velliquette describes his methodology as being modest at the outset, but with grander ambitions. “I start with materials that are readily available—paper, scissors, paint, and glue—and transform them into spectacles of the handmade. Central to this is a belief that this kind of work can communicate expressions of generosity through its visual abundance. It also seeks a dialogue with those attributes of our shared creative heritage where we do more than what is ‘necessary’ to things—we adorn.”