When you look closely at these beautifully delicate flowers, feathers and leaves, it would be difficult to not mistake them for the real thing. Crafted by Ann Wood, of Woodlucker – a visual partnership and studio which she founded with Dean Lucker in 1987 – the sculptures are inspired by historial botanical prints.
Ann manipulates paper and wire, using drawing and cutting with sharp embroidery scissors. She then applies fine cuts to achieve realistic yet fanciful butterfly wings, feathers, and flowers. These sculpted creations are then hand-sewn on to wool and velvet backgrounds before being framed in vintage frame stock. The work is delicate and direct with a nod to craftsmanship from decades ago.
Woodlucker is based on both individual and collaborative practices. Ann creates mixed media portraits and theatrical tableaus of "mysterious beauty and solace whose identity is grounded in the timeless aesthetic and ethic of rural America". Dean’s work is driven by a passion for vernacular animated traditions which combine a "personalised mythology to create mechanical storytelling".
Their collaborative work combines a love for illustrated paper art and forgotten histories into engaging objects full of sentiment and longing. Both Ann and Dean have won the notable individual artist fellowship from the Bush Foundation and numerous Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships, a Jerome Fellowship and a Arts Midwest Fellowship. Make sure you check out their work at www.woodlucker.com.
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