All that glisters is not gold. Often have you heard that told; But my outside to behold. Gilded [tombs] do worms infold. Had you been as wise as bold, Young in limbs, in judgment old, Your answer had not been inscroll'd. Fare you well, your suit is cold. The Merchant of Venice, II.vii. 65-73 Wm. Shakespeare
When I began working with
discarded paper products
I was getting a lot of
In January, I began to record
my experiments and put my
under a microscope.
My goal was to better understand
the quality of the paper:
color, durability, acidity. It was a "given" that I wanted to save paper products from the landfills.
I macerated paper fibers
and created pulp that I could
sculpt into art.
from the pulp
rough like life
smooth like Hope
Screwsshort pieces of metal long pieces of steel groove windings forming spirals s c r e w s A flat top across its head S C R E W S Forcing its longness into wood Forcing its shortness into plastic by turning Screw it in Turning until it fits snug Turning until it holds together
S C R E W S
Forcing his infidelities into their lives
Forcing his longness into everyone
except his wife
Quick, tight fit Snug around those firm hips Spiraling until he falls from grace Screwing everyone Twisting and turning he just wants to hang his screws on walls that don't require a lot of hammering (excerpt from Screws) Monster Series
These mini canvases allow experimentation with various acrylic gel mediums and pigments. I see what works and what doesn't. I then use these techniques on my book covers. The acrylics and mediums make wonderful and sturdy covers that can sustain lots of handling.