Origami Marionette Artist Statement





The structure of my marionette is very vertical which contributes to its flow and rhythm. The parts of the crab shell lead the eye from the top point through the rings to the crab’s head and arms.

My marionette generates childish ideas of playtime and pets and sidekicks. The hermit crab could be roaming the beach or tagging along with its owner.

I chose to manipulate size, shape, and color the most in my marionette to create the illusion of form. I used scale change by making the shell and arms much longer than the head. Primary colors made up my design, because I wanted my audience to imagine their childhood and innocent fun when they interacted with my marionette.

My creative process is loosely structured. I generate multiple ideas then consciously select the ones that I think I can build from most successfully. I try to be aware of the message my work sends and how I can improve upon my work and how I crafted it.

The organic shape of the rings of boxes compliments the geometry of the origami shapes I used to build the marionette. I used solidly colored paper for the majority of the marionette but used patterned paper for interesting and important parts of the crab.

I designed and built a crab marionette by using origami paper to create modules. A module consists of a three-dimensional repetition of similar shapes. I folded origami paper into cubes and triangles and implemented hexagons on the faces of some of the cubes. The simple shapes and primary colors I used in the design give off a childish feel. I did this purposefully. There are imaginary diagonal lines that converge at the point of the shell. Scale change is exemplified between the trapezoidal head and the long legs. Movement is created by loosely sewing the pieces together to allow for freedom between parts. My marionette has a unique form due to the shell of the crab being made out of rings of strung together cubes.

Cubes, hexagons, triangles, and trapezoids were the main shapes I used to create a repetitive modular design. All of the shapes and patterns have potential because they supply movement and modularity to the marionette. The patterns that stand out the most to my eye are the discombobulated rings of cubes with hexagon faces. They successfully contribute to the three-dimensional form.

Using modules allowed me to make a three-dimensional marionette that was more engaging and interactive. It strengthened the form which in turn strengthened its liveliness.

My design is symmetrically balanced due to the arms protruding from each side of the crab and the rising shell. There is rhythm in the repetition of modules and unity in the color and overall geometry of the marionette. Proportion is lacking due to the change of scale between the shell and the crab’s head.

Personal Statement: I am happy with how my marionette turned out especially considering how much I struggled with learning origami. It is fun and free, much like a child’s toy would be.

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