Jennifer Maestre is a Massachusetts-based artist, internationally known for her unique pencil sculptures.She is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a BFA degree from the Massachusetts College of Art.
She derives most of her inspiration from the form and texture of the sea urchin. To make the pencil sculptures, Jennifer makes use of a variety pencils, nails and stitching. She takes hundreds of pencils, cuts them into small 1-inch sections, drills a hole in each section, sharpens them all and sews them together.
She sold her first sculpture in 1999 through Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after they saw her work at a local art festival. “They contacted me and said, ‘Oh, we want to represent you. Will you bring your work down?’ I thought it was a joke,” Maestre says. Today, the gallery handles her art exclusively and the artist gets e-mails from people all over the world who want to commission her work. Below, we’ve rounded up 12 examples of her creature- and nature-inspired works of art.