Sunflowerfast 2 (Framed), 2004
Jen Stark creates mesmerizing, intricate paper sculptures and wall pieces, as well as drawings, installations, murals, and animations, in rainbow explosions of color. Her work resembles natural phenomena such as tree rings, vortexes, and clusters of microorganisms, and the compositions call to mind psychedelic visions and op art illusions. “I love thinking about how enormous shapes out in the universe can have the same patterns as tiny microorganisms under a microscope. How geometric shapes and certain spiraling patterns apply to designs in nature big and small,” she has said. Stark is best known for her cut-paper pieces, which she crafts out of countless sheets of construction paper.