This week the family and I sat down and read this awesome cut paper piece by Sarah Sze. We used the three steps to reading art mentioned, here.

Below are the interpretations of Stephen (my husband), Andy and Spencer (my sons) and myself.

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

  • a calendar
  • a fire escape
  • lined paper
  • thumb tack
  • cut outs
  • I can imagine going up or down
  • there's a pattern that's looped around
  • representation of a fire escape
  • box that is a basket like structure
  • feels reflective between the negative space on the paper vs the object within
  • the shadows are beautiful
  • whimsical

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?

  • I see a building that is curved with ladders so you can climb
  • the orange-ish color reminds me of wood
  • looks laser cut. Maybe burn from that is making the orange-ish color
  • legal pad
  • the piece incorporates office supplies that are objects we use all the time
  • reminds me of the ocean with all the waves
  • the fire escapes can't be from the paper because the negative space doesn't make sense but it is interestingly reflective

WHY DID THE ARTIST PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER?

  • I think of living or moving through the piece as if a real environment because the objects are things we're used to navigating ourselves
  • it would make a beautiful building
  • there's a contrast between the fragility of the paper and the fire escape that is usually iron
  • the idea of the laser cut adding a sort of "fire" element is really interesting given the fire escape shape
  • put up to inspire people imagine the world differently

These are our interpretations, you may see something different. Oh, and I should mention that when we do this we don't read up about the piece until after we've looked at it.