What is Cast Paper
Cast paper sculpture has been in existence since the 1950s. It should not be
confused with papier-mâché, as the two mediums are completely different .
To create his cast paper sculptures, Allen Eckman first mixes an acid-free paper pulp in
the studio hydro-pulper from two raw stockscotton and abica. Then the pulp is cast
into molds which Allen makes from original clay sculptures. The paper is then pressed
under vacuum pressure in the mold where most of the water is extracted at the same time.
The drying process is completed by evaporation while the paper is still in the mold. After
the dry and hard casts are removed from the molds the exclusive process of chasing cast
additions, cast alterations, sculpting in paper and detailing begins.
It takes a great amount of time and experience to create each piece. Some works are so
detailed they can take many months to complete. "The cast paper process is similar to
the cast bronze method in many ways," says Eckman. The finished product is white,
light weight and characterized by purity and warmth. Because of these properties and
Eckmans inventiveness, the medium can have an enormous amount of detail. Since the
paper is acid free, these sculptures are all museum quality.
Since 1988 Allen and his wife Patty have developed and perfected the medium of cast paper
far beyond any other artist. They are the developers of the Eckman Method of Cast Paper
Sculpture, which is their trademark. Many critics consider their work to be the best of
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