Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cornwall [re]Constructed - Solo Exhibition

I am very excited to announce the solo exhibition of my handmade paper abstract landscapes, "Cornwall [re]Constructed," opening August 23, 2013 at the 
St. Louis Artists' Guild in Clayton, Missouri. 

This newest series of landscapes [re]constructs divergent tangents of historical meaning and myth, abstracting place over time and space, by building up layers of handmade paper subjected to natural elements that rust, tint, dye, emboss, and inform the marks left behind. 


Located on the farthest western tip of the United Kingdom, Cornwall holds two coastlines (the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean) and is divided from England by the River Tamar.  Cornwall is a land of one-lane hedgerows blanketed in wildflowers; mythical piskies; wild ponies and herds of sheep wandering the moors; tidal pools and estuaries; Neolithic stone circles; and Iron Age villages.  From the time of the early Bronze Age, Cornishmen have mined for copper, silver and tin down into the earth … and out under the sea.

Since kaolin, used for porcelain and later paper, was first discovered in Cornwall in the mid-16th century, the china clay industry pitted the moors and altered the horizon with their white mica waste tips standing proud like gleaming pyramids on the uplands.

While Cornish tin mines are now slowly rusting into the granite landscape and china clay tips have all but disappeared, replaced by modern mica plateaus, the people of Cornwall are as strong and resilient as their ancestors. Working fishing villages hold dear to their culture while embracing 21st century tourism. Celtic crosses and ancient stones still stand watch along rocky cliff paths and yellow gorse lined moorland trails. Yet deep in the woodlands, where moss covered stones lead to pre-Christian wells, and hillsides of blue bells are walled by mountainous rhododendrons, one only need to quiet one's heart and listen - for the flutter of wings, the gurgle of springs, and the Spirit of God all around.

The exhibition runs through October 20, 2013. For more information, visit the St. Louis Artists' Guild website. 


  1. These are mysterious and have such an inner glow. Have you spent a lot of time in Cornwall? I recently learned that my biological father's family (who I only recently met) are originally from there!

  2. Thank you. How exciting to be discovering information about your ancestors! Yes, my husband and I just returned from Cornwall where he grew up. During the summers, we try to visit his family who live in Mevagissey and Fowey.

  3. Fabulous work, wonderful statement!
    Can't wait to see these in person!

  4. Thanks, Pat! Looking forward to the opening!!

  5. Hi
    Just found your post, and here I am in Cornwall sitting typing whilst the wind and rain shake the house letting us know a storm is on it's way...I love this work and would love to see more do you have anymore photographs of the complete finished pieces.. Kind regards ~ Julie.

  6. Hi Julie! Thank you for your kind words. You can see a few photos from my solo show "Cornwall [re]Constructed” on my January 18, 2014 post. We’ve been keeping track of your storms through friends and family in Cornwall, as well as media sources. The power of the storm surges at high tide have been phenomenal! Best ~E