I am in awe of Jennifer Maestre's sculptures. They are all one inch pencil segments that are all sewn together the way beads are sewn together. The original inspiration behind them is the sea urchin. I love the contrast of fluidity/softness with sharp. The fact that they are all made with such an ordinary object (pencils) is very interesting. The pencils also allow for an innovative play of color. I love the way these sculptures really challenge the viewer. They are simultaneously beautiful and grotesque... almost horrific.