Roisin Cadieux

These fabulous papier-mâché sculptures are designed using antique sheet music (ranging from 1723-1945) paying homage and to celebrate the rich diversity of music and language.

As a multi-lingual and multi-cultural person, music for Roisin was (and still is) a most tangible link to culture. "The wealth of printed music from the last several centuries has become obsolete for the most part. It was collected and shared with great care and love from one generation to another. As such, the quality of the paper was essential to its longevity. The greatest paper made over the centuries was made for music; which was to pass from hand-to-hand. I have had a great love for it and have always yearned to use it in my work as an artist and artisan."

"It was important to honor every aspect of each piece of music I used for this work. As such, the inventory of color which result from age and addition of bleach in the 20th century, margins, print size, decorative whimsy and graphic pattern became components of my palette used to create and adorn my sculptures. As a storyteller, it was important that the journey of discovery in the paper sculptures not be limited to their creative component or compositions but that they explored other dialogues as well. As such, my animal sculptures all have a male and female side as we must all care for and honor both in ourselves."