July 26, 2011
Nava Lubelski’s Tax Invoice Sculpture
Tax invoices have long been the bane of employers’ lives, with a tendency for throwing them in the shredder being preferable to letting the dreaded tax receipts clog up your desk’s drawers.
Well flinch no more at the arrival of the stomach-lurching tax invoice arriving on your doorstep, as artist Nava Lubelski has created a method of transforming what has to be one of the most despised correspondence into a piece of art.
In tearing these rampantly feared pieces of paper into thin strips, Nava Lubelski then rolls the defaced official letters very tightly into tiny coils, before cluing literally hundreds of them into intricate arrangements.
The end result of the artist’s creative vision to what has long been one of the most dreaded arrivals of the business year is simply fantastic.
Although it is not only tax invoices that are used to make up Nava Lubelski’s remarkable cellular sculptures, as other ‘unfavourable’ postal correspondence, such as rejection letters and tax files are shredded and coiled to create the artist’s unique organic paper structures.
The sculptures are reminiscent of tree cross-sections and, as the cellular coils spiral outward, it mimics biological matter and growth, and as they are glued together into flat rounds, the sculpture suggests disease and lichen – a stark reminder of manmade corruption on the environment.
Nava Lubelski is an American artist who lives and works in Ashville. Ms Lubelski became particularly known for abstract paintings which incorporated holes, stitches and stains and, more latterly, for her series of sculptures made from cut and shredded paper.
Commenting about the artist’s embroidery work and unique transformation of correspondence from the tax office, Twin Cities Daily Planet wrote:
“Shredded tax forms, tablecloths forever embracing a spill, and cut clothing all embody Nava’s sculptural, canvas and paper works. Thread resembles splatters, Russian novels are beaded and deep-fried, and love letters are torn and reconfigured while expressing aggression, femininity, preservation and destruction.”
For more information about Nava Lubelski and her unique adaptation on one of the most loathed items of modern existence, visit navalubeslski.com.