Saturday, April 19, 2008
I have been working in paper since the early 1980s when I first discovered the seductive qualities of pulp made from cotton rag and Japanese Gampi. During the intervening years I spent most of my time perfecting the methods of making high quality paper using a range of Western and Eastern papermaking techniques. Paper I made was used in paper products, bookmaking projects, papercrafts and artist’s paper that incorporated cotton linters, paint pigments, plant fibers, dyes and other materials. ‘Leftovers’ became my signature and my method. In recent exhibitions I explored the sculptural qualities of paper pulp using a layering technique of formed sheets of paper that followed the contours of the female body. Expressive and symbolic elements are suggested through the use of embedded materials and paper sculpting methods. My most recent work involves pulp spraying to create very large sheets of translucent paper made from Abaca, which I have used in the installation Wood Meets Paper with the wood sculptor, Boris Curatolo.