WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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studio palette composition canvas inspiration gallery imagination artist profile A Cut Above L I S A R O G E R S writer robert pillsbury's cut- paper creations whirl, swirl, and twist in a three-dimensional dance. Influenced by his 40-year career as an architect, the Warren, Rhode Island artist with close ties to Wellesley painstakingly arranges hundreds of individual shapes into a design, and then gives that composition depth and com- plexity by stacking layer upon layer of more carefully-cut forms. Freed from building codes and site restrictions that governed his professional practice, Pillsbury's current creative endeavor results in intricate designs that play with geome- try, often stray from symmetry, and are one-of-a-kind. Each of his unique pieces, most measuring 30 x 30 inches, require at least 40 hours of precise work. First comes the concept, which might be shaped during one of Pillsbury's hours-long bike rides along the Rhode Island shore. He can be inspired by anything from a birch tree's texture to an image of a computer's hard drive; from American quilts to Italian abstract art; and from a chair seat's octagonal caning to the steel filigree on Rhode Island's Mount Hope Bridge. "The creative process for architecture is very similar to my creative process for my artwork," he says, and making that artwork three-dimensional is an essential feature. Pillsbury's process is an evolution that involves considering multiple options, as he progresses from sketching out a design to deciding on his final plan. Blue Spin 148 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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