The Art of Paper with Artist Kelly Ladd


♪MUSIC♪>>MY NAME IS KELLY LADD. I’M A PAPER ARTIST. I FIRST STARTED WITH PAINTING AND THEN I STARTED GETTING INTO MAKING THINGS FOR OUR HOUSE. INSTEAD OF GOING AND BUYING ART, I DECIDED TO MAKE IT. AND THEN A FEW YEARS AGO MY HUSBAND GOT A CONDITION CALLED MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY, BECAUSE HE COULDN’T BE AROUND LOTS OF PAINTS OR LOTS OF MATERIALS THAT HAD AN ODOR. I FIGURED OUT WHAT CAN I DO? BECAUSE I HAD THIS CRAVING INSIDE ME THAT I HAD TO MAKE ART, MY CREATIVITY WAS JUST IN ME AND I HAD TO LET IT OUT SOMEHOW. SO I JUST STARTED DABBLING WITH OTHER THINGS AND I JUST STARTED WORKING WITH PAPER AND IT JUST EXPLODED FROM THAT. I CAN WORK WITH PAPER ANYWHERE. IT’S JUST TO ME, IT’S AN EASY MEDIUM. DOING MY TECHNIQUE, IT’S A WAY OF PAINTING BUT WITH TEXTURE, WITH 3D. AND I CREATE LOTS OF PATTERNS AND LOTS OF TEXTURE WITH JUST A SIMPLE SHEET OF PAPER. IT JUST TRANSFORMS INTO A 3D PIECE OF ART. I DO A LOT OF CUTTING, A LOT OF RIPPING. A LOT OF, JUST A LOT OF HANDS-ON. FROM HAND CUTTING EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF PAPER TO GLUING IT ON, IT TAKES A HUNDRED OR MORE HOURS TO CREATE A PIECE. AND THERE’S A LOT OF PATIENCE. I HAVE A LOT OF PATIENCE. SOME PEOPLE MIGHT FIND IT TEDIOUS TO DO THIS BUT I PERSONALLY FIND IT RELAXING. IT RELAXES ME TO JUST SIT THERE AND JUST ONE PIECE AFTER THE OTHER, JUST GLUE IT ONTO THE CANVAS. I MEDITATE A LOT AND I DO A LOT OF YOGA. AND AT THE END OF YOGA CLASS THERE’S A RELAXATION POSE CALLED SAVASANA. AND DURING THAT TIME, MY MIND IS REALLY CLEAR AND I AM ABLE TO SEE COLORS AND PATTERNS. THAT MOMENT IS WHEN A LOT OF MY CREATIVITY COMES OUT. I SKETCH THINGS OUT. I FIGURE OUT EXACTLY HOW THE PIECE IS GONNA LOOK BEFOREHAND AND THEN I THEN TRANSFER THAT IDEA ONTO A CANVAS. WHEN PEOPLE SEE MY ART I REALLY WANT THEM TO FEEL A SENSE OF WONDERMENT AND A SENSE OF JOY. I FEEL LIKE LIFE, EVERYBODY TAKES LIFE SO SERIOUSLY. YOU KNOW? AND I WANT MY ART JUST TO BE A PLAYFUL ELEMENT, JUST BE CAREFREE LIKE WHEN THEY WERE KIDS. AND THAT MOMENT THAT THEY’RE CONNECTING WITH THE ART, I JUST WANT THEM TO JUST REMEMBER THAT IT’S OKAY JUST TO SMILE AND TO LAUGH AND THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE SO STRESSFUL ALL THE TIME. ART IS MY LIFE. I ENJOY IT SO MUCH THAT I FEEL LIKE WHEN I’M NOT DOING IT, THERE’S A HOLE THAT I FEEL. AND I DON’T REALIZE IT UNTIL I’M MAKING ANOTHER ART PIECE AND I’M LIKE OH MY GOD I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER. I FEEL SO ALIVE WHEN I’M MAKING ART. I FEEL LIKE I CAN DO ANYTHING.

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