Since his childhood, Paris artist Junior Jacquet has been fascinated with paper. The sensation of the paper crumpling in his hands and bending to his will inspires him to create new and fascinating forms. As appealing as these faces are, they are made even more so when you know that they were each made from an empty toilet paper roll.
Though he begins with an unimpressive and expressionless tube of cardboard, Jacquet somehow manages to breathe a distinctive personality into each of these small paper masks. The artist then mounts them onto a steel shaft and base to allow them to stand on their own.
After squeezing, folding and manipulating the cardboard into these incredibly expressive visages, Jacquet applies a patina and shellac to add to their textural interest. The colors, along with the shadows created by the hills and valleys of cardboard, give even more personality to each miniature face.
Each of these masks demonstrates a very human emotion that mirrors our own. They are a moving exploration of our own faces and the masks that each of us wears. The technique used by the artist to create these works of art is a proprietary method developed by Jacquet himself.
Jacquet offers not only his sculptures for sale, but also his expertise. He teaches classes and gives artistic training to both children and adults who are interested in learning more about expressing themselves through art.