RECYCLED ELEGANCE A shredded paper stole by Siemering.
In "Peaked" at Craftland (235 Westminster St, Providence, through June 15), artists transform paper into boxes, vases, and suits. The outfits are by Pawtucket's Rebecca Siemering, who showed a number of these works at AS220 Project Space last fall.
She turns discarded scratch tickets from around her neighborhood into suits that seem to be made of a sort of paper snakeskin armor. American Made is built from lottery tickets cut into star shapes and assembled into an American flag pattern.
Siemering is onto something with her underlying social critique of our magical idea of gambling as a way to wealth in America and perhaps of the high-stakes financial industry gambling (have you heard of credit default swaps?) that was one of the triggers of our Great Recession. But her conceptual approach is blunt, not really leaving you enough room to ponder her important themes. Don't let this distract you from her skill at transforming her materials. In particular, check out the elegant stole she constructed from shredded paper.
Also in "Peaked," Doris Häusler of Germany opens up books and cuts the pages into the shapes of vases and hanging diamonds. The effect is akin to the foldout honeycomb paper globes used to decorate stores, but impressively minimal.
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