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Shell Game, Folded Form
The image is assembled on a paper square. Creasing from the original folding allows it to be reformed into a functioning Cootie Catcher.
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Reverse side, showing fold pattern


Shell Game Cootie Catcher Collage

Elizabeth Criss

United States

Collage, Paper on Paper

Size: 11.8 W x 11.8 H x 0.1 D in

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About The Artwork

Designed like a child's fortune telling toy (aka Cootie Catcher), this paper collage features a faceted display of shells. A crab, a sea urchin and a geodesic dome unfold into a group of shell-bound people at play in the water. This origami style game is made with magazine ephemera and painted words. As a two-dimensional artwork, it can be framed flat. It also can be refolded into a functioning origami-style game. This collage ships flat in a box.

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Collage:Paper on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:11.8 W x 11.8 H x 0.1 D in

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Meet Elizabeth Criss, a talented Los Angeles native with a B.A. in art from California State University, Northridge. Her creative vision takes you on a striking journey through the complexities and wonders of everyday life. On top of that, she does it while keeping Mother Nature in mind! Elizabeth's art is infused with a deep environmental concern for sustainability, and she works magic with repurposed materials. She strives to inspire viewers to consider their environmental impact, shedding light on the negative consequences of disposable conveniences for future generations. Elizabeth's work truly shines with her passion for public art installations. Elizabeth has created awe-inspiring murals and dimensional installations for schools, special needs programs, and public libraries. She works to engage and inspire her viewers by transforming dreary spaces into vibrant wonderlands, igniting people’s imaginations and reminding us all of our boundless potential. Her artistic journey began when she enrolled her non-verbal daughter in a special needs school. The corridors were as dull as dishwater, and Elizabeth couldn't stand it. So, she dedicated a decade to infusing those hallways with innovative assemblage panoramas and vibrant colors. The result? Corridors full of motivation for children to discover their voice and recognize their strengths. Her recent "Message in a Bottle" installation at the Wildling Museum in Solvang, California, USA, immerses viewers in an underwater world, with peculiar fish, medicine bottle kelp, and lacey jellyfish cut from milk jugs. The installation invokes viewers to consider their impact on our oceans – and their ability to reduce plastic pollution. Elizabeth's tactile techniques create an engaging experience while reminding us that impressive accomplishments are attainable even in the face of daunting obstacles. The remarkable artistry of Elizabeth Criss has caught the attention of esteemed media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, Daily News, and others. Don't miss the opportunity to explore more of her captivating work by visiting

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