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. 65-73Wm. 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 savepaper 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 metallong pieces of steelgroove windings forming spirals s c r e w sA flat top across its headS C R E W SForcing its longness into woodForcing its shortness into plastic by turningScrew it inTurning until it fits snugTurning 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 fitSnug around those firm hipsSpiraling until he falls from graceScrewing everyone Twisting and turning he justwants to hang his screws on wallsthat 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 worksand what doesn't. I then use these techniqueson my book covers. Theacrylics and mediums makewonderful and sturdy coversthat can sustain lots of handling.