24″ tall x 18″ wide. De-acidified recycled paper from magazines and catalogs on archival mat board. Copyright 2015 by Deborah Eater.
Octopus’s Garden took almost three years to complete usuing more than 6000 tiny individual pieces of paper. After preliminary sketches, the original work to create the main shapes and colors took 120-130 hours over a span of several months. Not fully satisfied, I put it away for half a year before bringing it out to live with it and study it for the next 18 months. After a few weeks I began making incremental daily changes, sometimes adding as few as a half-dozen pieces or occasionally modifying an entire section. This long process improved the shading and color transitions to give forms more volume and refine the overall composition until finally I was content with the results you see.