Two artworks are in being used in the TV Series, Revolution. The second season is being filmed in Austin, Texas and continues with this American post-apocalyptic science fiction television drama. NBC Wednesdays 7pm central.
“Fire And Ice” is 33 x 33 inches and is made from
flax handmade paper, encaustic, glass beads, gold leaf
“Heavenly Bodies” is aluminum leaf and kozo and is 28 x 28 inches
After several months of redoing lighting, walls, floors and ceilings I am finally able to work again at the studio on Hancock Drive in Austin. This is the first piece finished in the new environment. “Currents” was commissioned for a private residence in Houston.
The process was quite labor intensive. The first step was to make the handmade paper of abaca, then cutting thousands of pod shapes, painting, combining and then gluing them onto a wooden form made by furniture designer and fabricator, David Amdur. The zig-zag form is in 2 pieces designed to hang on the wall with French cleats. The width of the piece is 10 feet.
Meringue 2 was delivered to Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas after working on it through the summer. This is what happened to those 400 triangles.
Paper/Glass are two so very different media but so similar. Both are of the earth. In both cases I am interested in flow. Flow is created by fire or by water. Which is the best way for the vision to come out?
WASHI AND OTHER EPHEMERA: an exhibition in Durango, Colorado
I will be showing this piece in this handmade paper exhibition. The show is at the Durango Art Center from August 23-September 28. Opening reception is Friday, August 23 5-7 pm
KITTRELL RIFFKIND GLASS GALLERY, Dallas, Texas
I will be showing 6 pieces with glass embedded in handmade paper panels.
August 24-Sept. 21. Opening reception is Saturday, August 24 11-5:30 pm
In Taos, the monsoons have begun and I am pulling 400 kozo triangles and then coating them with kon’nyaku ( konjac). When I return to the Austin studio I will boil them in an alkaline bath and then apply a momogami technique to make 45 units. Kon’nyaku has been used by the Japanese to make their washi water resistant. For example, shoshi screens and umbrellas needed to be water resistant. I use kon’nyaku mostly because it gives a beautiful surface to the paper.
I am honored to be one of the 28 artists is this new video. Catherine Nash visited my Taos studio in December 2011 and filmed my portion. She had already finished interviewing in California and the West Coast and moved on afterwards to the rest of the U.S.
Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic offers a rare opportunity to gain insight into the artistic process: 28 professional artists in their own voices discuss their artwork with artist/author Catherine Nash during in-the-studio video interviews which focus on where creative inspiration comes from and how artists synthesize experience, emotions and concerns into their work.
Each of the 28 artists were asked to create a new work in front of the camera and complete it for inclusion in this computer interactive book.
While visiting Martha’s Vineyard I stopped by Seastone Papers founded by friend, Sandy Bernat. The well equipped studio is set-up for workshops given by visiting artists throughout the summer. Sandy kindly introduced my 4 year old granddaughter to papermaking with brightly colored pulps. She was so inspired my Sandy’s creative books in her studio that immediately upon returning to the other side of the island, she turned her first handmade paper into a book.