Take a walk inside the art
The answer to the question was to take the lines out of the paper by focusing on those lines instead of the picture and the paper, which she only could achieve through cutting the paper. Papercutting as a method is not very unusual, many artists use that expression, but what Sandra is doing is creating a constellation which the observer actually can walk through. By hanging the paper strips in the sealing and on the walls she creates a drawing that you can stand in.
– My wish is that people who visits my exhibitions should share the same feeling I have when I walk through the city, that they should observe the paper lines with my eyes. I see the roads I walk on as lines and I look at my surroundings as a map. You could say that I’m trying to build a three dimensional map, where you build the landscape with your own imagination, says Sandra.
Rock, paper and scalpels
Sandra’s latest project contains a lot of paper work, but in a complete different way than her earlier exhibitions. It was during an everyday papercutting she realized that she could color the paper by painting it with graphite. The paper immediately felt much heavier and looked more like metal than thin paper. Sandra also discovered that if she crumpled the graphite colored paper, the light could hit the art in a more effective way, which enhanced the feel of the paper as a different material – almost as big rocks. So, she continued to fill a five-meter long paper roll with graphite mixed with linseed oil, then she crumpled it.
– When I putted the whole painting on the floor it almost looked like a landscape, like mountaintops. For me, this was a completely new approach, even if I used traditional methods and materials. The deviating process starts only when I crumple the paper, which I do in the exhibition space. And once again the observer is allowed to walk through a landscape, since the artwork fills an entire room, says Sandra.