An art that focuses on shape
Depth and perception.
Paper sculpture developed by Dianne Michaelsen is an art that focuses on shape, depth and perception. History records that Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, was particularly fond of this art. Based on multiple copies of the same picture of an object, a monument or a painting, Dianne cuts the pieces and aseembles them in layers, by bonding them with silicon to foam panels, so as to create a third dimension and better reveal beauty. This range of patterns and new forms breathes emotion, adding an extra element of depth, and increases perception by altering the image.
Born in Timmins, Ontario, Dianne Michaelsen lived in Ottawa before moving to Montreal. She has been interested in art and oil painting since early childhood. When she was a young girl, she also loved creating clothes for her many dolls. In the 70s, she was particularly drawn to portraits, and was able to exhibit her work during the 80s. Thanks to a chance meeting in 1998, she was able to learn about paper-sculpture. She was taking care of her husband, who was then ill, she had the time and energy to take ownership of this both exciting and challenging technique. During this period, she also became acquainted with the famous Dutch artist Anton Pieck.
Dianne Michaelsen began sculpting paper for fun, but in recent years, she has gone beyond simple recreation and reached ingenuity. She first made a hundred paper sculptures based on paintings by Anton Pieck. From there she gradually acquired a strong technical background which enables her, thanks to her sensitivity and perception, to improvise independently according to her inspiration, and invent an aesthetic that meets her own plastic needs. Dianne gives rise to light and space creating a break in the continuity of the surface of an ordinary image. It is sometimes necessary to use over fifteen copies of the same image in order to emphasize certain details and get the desired effect, i.e. succeed in generating a third dimension and an original and attractive plastic complexity. A piece of work may necessitate up to three months of extremely meticulous work.
Former member of the Network of Women in Business and the Kiwanis Club Montreal St-Laurent, artist Dianne Michaelsen is a hard worker. She has worked tirelessly with the passion of those who don’t ask false questions. She has been working on her own images and is moving forward on a demanding and sincere path , keeping humility proper to authentic artists.
By Dr. H. Bouhioui