Joisel’s early busts helped him refine his form and technique. Credit: Eric Joisel
As Joisel keeps experimenting, more humanity begins to come through in the faces he coaxes from the paper. Late 1990s. approx. 30 cm tall. Credit: Lynton Gardiner
The artist’s friend Nick Robinson challenged Joisel to create a mask that resembled him. 1999. approx. 30 cm tall. Credit: Lynton Gardiner
Before Joisel made human figures, he practiced first with stylized masks, and then with reproducing human faces. The challenge with a human visage was to evoke emotion and personality from the paper, which was harder to do than it ever had been for him with clay. As he worked to challenge himself to make the paper come alive, his friends challenged him to create caricatures and portraits of them, adding another variable to the mix – likeness.