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American Socket, 2012, MIXED MEDIA AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, 28? (72cm) EACH
American Socket, 2012, MIXED MEDIA AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, 28? (72cm) EACH
Headlights, 2012, MIXED MEDIA AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, 24? (60cm) EACH
Headlights, 2012, MIXED MEDIA AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, 24? (60cm) EACH
Headlight, 2012, MIXED MEDIA AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, 28? (72cm)
Headlight, 2012, MIXED MEDIA AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, 24? (60cm)
Headlight, 2012, MIXED MEDIA AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, 28? (72cm)
Let's Put Our Heads Together, 2012, MIXED MEDIA AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, 28? (72cm) EACH
Let's Put Our Heads Together, 2012, MIXED MEDIA AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, 28? (72cm) EACH
Let's Put Our Heads Together, 2012, MIXED MEDIA AND ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, 28? (72cm) EACH

The Headlight series, by Stephen Shaheen, are hand-sculpted from a modeling pulp he creates using recycled paper, cotton and denim, along with electrical components. The ideas originate in sketches, from which Shaheen creates armatures based on human proportions, positioning the gestures before carefully modeling the bodies. It is a long and multi-step process that results in a very hard, lightweight object. Rather than sculptural illuminations, Shaheen see these as illuminated sculptures, and each piece is unique. He asserts, “The underlying concept distilled from all of these is the notion of ‘connection.’”

To create the Headlights, Shaheen researched traditional doll and puppet-making techniques, and repurposed materials such as newspaper, blue jeans and personal paper items. In addition to creating environmentally-sensitive work, Shaheen finds meaning in the dismantling and reinvention of his belongings. “Whether temporary vessels of my thoughts–such as old journals and sketchbooks–or the detritus of quotidian life, like coffee filters, paper bags, parking tickets, and clothing, these intimate yet expendable items are destroyed and transformed into art. I enjoy converting objects that once had specific, perhaps cut-and-dry purposes into open-ended, metaphorical tableaux.”