By Jessica Barlow
London-based Sculptor Gabrielle Sellen utilizes her Brazilian heritage to create elaboratly-structured pieces. The viewer is invited to marvel at their obscure familiarity. Drawing inspiration from cocoons to vintage jet plane engines, her work focuses on the assemblage of textiles and the readymade. In her own words her work: “Demonstrates the juxtaposition between the exotic and the industrial.” A walk down the street is a means of foraging for her next sculpture as she sources pipes, exhausts and other mechanical objects in order to build and sew her structural totem-like forms.
Speaking of her method of working, Gabrielle says:
“My work is expressionist and compulsive with structure. I wind up making pod and totem-like tactile structures, which seem to immediately take on characters. I want them to be inviting and curious with heavy emphasis on the ‘internal and external.’ I enjoy the makeshift temporary quality juxtaposed with making a rendition of a somewhat monumental piece of engineering.”
See more of Gabrielle at: http://2009.atcamberwell.com/courses/bahons-sculpture/students/gabrielle-sellen