These colored pencil sculptures by Jennifer Maestre are inspired by the form of the sea urchin. They are made from hundreds of pencils which are cut, drilled, sharpened and sewn together with a beading technique.
The spines of the urchin, so dangerous yet beautiful, serve as an explicit warning against contact. The alluring texture of the spines draws the touch in spite of the possible consequences. The tension unveiled, we feel push and pull, desire and repulsion. The sections of pencils present aspects of sharp and smooth for two very different textural and aesthetic experiences. Paradox and surprise are integral in my choice of materials.