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Local Artists Create Sculptures with Recycled Materials

We’re used to seeing things like ancient tribal masks or great chiseled statues in museums and art galleries. Oftentimes, they’re painstakingly carved out of the finest exotic wood or hammered expertly out of blocks of stone. But a new exhibit by two local artists features sculptures made from more conventional materials, such as masks made […]

We’re used to seeing things like ancient tribal masks or great chiseled statues in museums and art galleries. Oftentimes, they’re painstakingly carved out of the finest exotic wood or hammered expertly out of blocks of stone.

But a new exhibit by two local artists features sculptures made from more conventional materials, such as masks made from recycled cardboard computer boxes and bright paper cut and curled into shape, or monolithic figures carved with a blowtorch from recycled steel.

The artists are Sherry Tseng Hill, who makes the masks, and Jim Adams, who wields the blowtorch. And their new exhibit at Houston’s Archway Gallery is called Masks, Monsters and Monolithswhich runs through Feb. 5.

Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin sat down with Jim and Sherry at the gallery to talk about the challenges and rewards of sculpting with recycled material.

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