In 2012, Alexandra Singer-Bieder met Sofia Bennani while studying architecture at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris. Bound together by their passion for architecture & the arts, they began collaborating on this innovate process using straws in the construction of shapes. And Straw-k was born!
Straw-k'Art takes plastic drinking straws and melts them together to create a variation of sculptures. The sculptures are meant to be viewed from all sides, allowing light to hit it from all different angles. Each Straw-k'Art is hand made, hand cut and hand melted which creates unique forms.
According to the duo’s artist statement: “Today we should use new technologies to manufacture our ideas while still keeping the singularity of the craftsman work. Even though we are all buying the same things in our daily life, we are always seeking for something different, original and personal.”
Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is currently featuring two of the Mini Pandas, Mini Panda Purple Eyes (2015) and Mini Panda Yellow Eyes (2015). Each are composed of 3,600 straws and are 10.2” x 10.6” x 3.1”. In January, the gallery will be showing a larger body of their work in a duo show with another artist of ours, Sara Galkin.
We found Straw-k through the power of social media, stumbling across their Instagram this past July through a simple search of #contemporaryart. Our owner Abigail says, “I fell in love with their work right away. They are innovative, smart, and high energy. I am very interested in process, and Straw-k is a new approach that redefines how we view sculpture. We are thrilled to work with this cutting-edge artist duo.” Sofia and Alex do a great job of marketing their work and updating their social pages, which made it easy to connect with them abroad.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015: Lacy Tell