Three Worlds 3D

   by Jennifer Mercer for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: Three Worlds

Inspiration Artist: M.C. Escher

Three Worlds 3D
An homage to Three Worlds by M.C. Escher

Materials Used:

From Kit:
Mystery Build Box
Thin rectangular wooden sheets
Chavant clay
Steel wire
Plasticized canvas from canvas board, but not the board itself
Glue stick
Glue bottle
Mystery build instructions
Canvas cloth

Other allowed materials:
Acrylic paints: black, white, gray
Gray watercolor paint
Carbon paper used for transferring design, no paper itself remains in the mystery build

Exacto knife
Paint brushes
Pins (to hold while glue dried, removed)
Glue gun
Pens, pencil, carbon paper
Wax paper

I cut the lid off of the mystery build box, painted the inner sides black and painted the black a gradually shifting range from black to white.

I painted the glossy material of the mystery build instructions with black acrylic paint, used the carbon paper to transfer a rough outline and cut the design with scissors and exacto knife.

(many failed structural attempts skipped here)

Tree support:

I attached a motley collection of canvas cloth and strips of the thin wooden sheets to strengthen the paper with the regular glue. Then I took long lengths of wire and attached them to the cloth/wood with a glue gun & the included glue stick. I stuck the wire rods through the bottom side of the mystery build box. (omitting even more failed steps) Additional support from the sides was provided by more wire running the width of the box.

I used the carbon paper again for some leaf templates and cut them from the canvas that I had stripped from the canvas board. The larger leaves were painted with gray watercolors and the smaller leaves left blank. For the tiniest leaves towards the back, I painted gray dashes with the watercolors on the canvas and then cut this canvas into thin strips. The thin strips were woven under the trees and the trees painted with white dashes so that the colors are reversed.
Most of the larger canvas leaves are glued to the side, the trees, and wire supports. A few were attached with wire to the fish and a few were attached to the floor of the box. This was done by attaching a wire to the leaves with the hot glue gun. A small ball of chavant clay was painted black and stuck to the floor of the box with white glue or the hot glue gun (one came unstuck and had to be re-glued.).

The fish was constructed out of chavant clay which was heated to persuade the clay to move the way I wanted it to move and then frozen so I could carve out the scales. I painted the fish with white acrylic paint, added black detailing, and then overpainted it with diluted white paint. The barbels are small bits of wire painted with white acrylic. The fish is resting on a small round pillar of clay, painted black, and glued to the bottom of the box with white glue. I used a small piece of the wooden strips to join the fish to the clay pillar.

The frame was built using more wooden strips painted black which were then glued/glue gunned/wedged in with clay (I used ALL of the glue stick) to the outer edge of the box.

The sides of the box were then painted black and TA-DA!

I choose this piece because it is one of M.C. Escher's "less impossible" art works, but it still had considerable challenges in bringing it to life.