Although primarily a painter, I began working with papier mâché in 1984 when I was thinking of just the right gift for my mother's 50th birthday.
Having shortly returned from studies in Guadalajara, my mind was bathed in the colors and simple folk art forms so prevalent in Mexico. I decided to create a fun large-scale sculpture of a Mexican style rooster in papier mâchéas her gift, jokingly calling it the "four-foot cock."
The gift was, to say the least, a great surprise and delight. Though my mother has passed, I still have the piece in my personal art collection. Titled "Chantecleer" - the rooster who, in a French folk take, awakens the sun every morning so that it can rise. Although that first piece was made with chicken wire and paper strips, it has lasted many years and several moves.
After several years and all pieces selling quickly, my husband suggested I do sculpture full-time. In 1995, I decided to give it a try. Having a strong German work ethic, a carport, plenty of glue and recycled shredded paper, I began working full-time on the sculptures. I have completed over 400 pieces.
Over the past decade I have done many exciting sculptures including complete installations with mural paintings. I create personal custom artwork for patrons collecting my work throughout the country. My murals adorn homes and businesses far and wide throughout the country. I am truly having fun creating, learning and growing in the process.
You may see more by contacting the artist,
Kristen Muench 303-955-0400