Busy making frames for two of my Cornish handmade paper reconstructions that have been accepted into the next show at the Foundry Art Centre, "Paper Work: In, On and Of Paper V" in St. Charles, MO. Decided to change the style of frame I usually make for my drawings and paintings to show less wood on the face which visually now feels lighter. The two pieces that will be in the show are hanging over my left shoulder on this pix from my July 24, 2010 post.
At the time of the Main Street Art Gallery Show, I had decided to hang each piece without a frame, but the change in humidity continually caused the paper to move, curl, relax, then move again. The constant shifting made me a bit anxious and very unsatisfied with the overall presentation. Thus, I mounted each piece to foamcore with tabs of kozo mulberry paper. But that alone still did not satisfy my desire to put a box, or line, or frame around this body of work. When the framing is complete, I'll post a few more photos. The show at the Foundry opens March 11and runs through April 30, 2011 with the artists' opening from 6-8pm on March 11.
Having been an illustrator, art educator, and an avid gardener for many years, I have always been drawn to aerial views of land, maps, rivers, soil, and organic systems. Experimenting with handmade plant fiber paper is a culmination of that attraction to texture and natural materials. By combining my papers with ephemera collected along the way, my work layers history, meaning, and place into objects that are no longer lost or mis-placed, but reconstructed and transformed.