“It took two years of tireless experimentation for me to develop the process of casting paper into bronze, another seven years to perfect, and it continues to evolve today.” - Kevin Box
Santa Fe-based artist, Kevin Box, pushes the boundaries of traditional metal casting by creating sculptures that are so delicate, detailed, and weightless, that they appear to be made simply of paper. After studying the graphic arts in New York, Box’s practice transformed during a trip to Greece when he decided to transition from graphic art to metal casting – a medium that will withstand the centuries and provide inspiration for generations to come. His exploration of working with metal lead him to study at foundries in Texas for three years, a move that afforded him the freedom of experimentation to grow his skills and eventually open his own studio. After acquiring a treasure trove of paper found in the warehouse of an old print shop near to the foundry he rented, Box decided to test mixing the two mediums by casting paper in metal.
The unique combination of the delicacy of paper with the fortitude of metal created whimsical, fun, and beautiful pieces with surprising weight, both literally and figuratively. Box further engages with his viewers by inviting them to touch and handle the artworks, believing that mixing the tactile and visual experiences allows his audience to fully connect with the artworks and explore their untold stories. Today, Box’s monumental sculptures can be found around the United States including the Austin City Symphony, TX and the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington D.C., and internationally including Australia, Morocco, and Japan.