Detail of a paper mache sculpture by MJ Seal that resembles a a cluster of gray, primitive sea creatures

“Encrustation” is finally finished-Encrustation”- Original sculpture by MJ Seal. Paper mache on canvas, approximately 20″ x 20″. C. 2018

After hours upon hours of obsessively sculpting and cementing primitive looking sea forms crafted from junk mail and ephemera I’ve created a very complex paper mache reef.The taller sea sponge like forms really make this piece pop off the wall.

And like a coral reef there is so much pattern and texture there is nowhere for the eye to rest- everything seems to be exploding with life- or was. The monochromatic light gray coloration gives it a ghostly presence- like some perfectly preserved fossil of long forgotten marine creatures.

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