The latest studio babies were born in spontaneity and joy! I found some bramble scraps on my way to making paper and I decided to experiment with them as armatures. As a papermaker, what is unique to the process is that beaten pulps have a short shelf life. There is a limited window of timeContinue reading “bones to skin”
Category Archives: explorations
root to rise
So much gratitude for teachers that have planted seeds, provided encouragement, asked complex questions and shown interest artists, weirdos, outliers, misfits, wallflowers, wild cards communities that help with feeling seen and heard studio space & studio practice friends and neighbors that come to shows and stay connected discovering the magic of one’s own hidden mysteries,Continue reading “root to rise”
pale pink papermaking
My latest joy in the studio has been making paper with a new handmade sugeta mould. The mould consists of 2 parts – an interior flexible bamboo-splint mat, and an exterior framework which houses it. My main goal is creating consistent sheets – in color, texture and weight. I aim to make a good numberContinue reading “pale pink papermaking”
clouds in a sheet of paper
As one of the simplest forms of human technology, it could be argued that paper has had the most impact on the proliferation and preservation of knowledge worldwide. When I work with paper as a medium and/or as a support, some of the questions that provoke my research are: How do paper and books operate within social,Continue reading “clouds in a sheet of paper”
bookwork in progress
The french phrase, “nous sommes simplement de passage” translates into “we are only here for a moment’s time.” This bookwork of grief is a personal confrontation of a silent event, recognizing that the process of healing is communal. Every book is coded, a system of signs to be decoded by its reader. It is theContinue reading “bookwork in progress”
another clay book!
more books to the kiln
Clay and porcelain
clay books, bisqued
Next generation of Eviscera books…by Jaz Graf.
studio visits at VSC residency
I was awarded a Civil Society Institute Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center to participate as an artist-in-residence. I had my first studio visits here with Byron Kim, Jen Bervin and Miguel Luciano. Open Studios, book-spread inspired walls, influenced by writers in-residence… Visual Artists in residency, Vermont Studio Center May 2016 (Barbara White Studios)
a less controlled state of image making
“The tension of the string against the tape led to unpredictable changes in the form of the drawing over the course of it’s lifespan. Initially when I returned home to find a drawing had lost some of it’s structure, drooping or tangled into itself, I felt a disappointment at the loss of the precision ofContinue reading “a less controlled state of image making”
Times at Sam Rit
My partner and I were lucky to be at Sam Rit artist residency during the rice harvest. We found piles of rice on the grounds of the local wat, in front of the school, along roadsides…they were all over town. Workers even pitched tents to watch over their rice. It was an interesting phenomenon toContinue reading “Times at Sam Rit”
objects, people, places – thailand
Eerily beautiful prints and photo work by Veru Iché. I discovered her work when applying to The Hand Magazine (Iché was featured in Issue #1). I saw it in my dreams last night.
what will you leave behind?
Happy Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). “What Will You Leave Behind?” A project by Thai artist, Nino Sarabutra, features over 100,000 miniature porcelain skulls installed as gallery floor for guests to walk on. Tread lightly!
One segment of a four piece drawing. Tar, acrylic, thread, pencil, flocking on paper. Part of a group show – “RAW DRAWING” On view until Nov 3rd, 2013 @ The Drawing Rooms in Jersey City. DRAWERS Eileen Ferara, Elizabeth Onorato, Ibou Ndoye, Steve Singer, Margaret Weber, Sandra Desando, Maggie Ens, Mike Markman, Kim Wiseman, GregContinue reading “flocking it”
Like a madd scientist I mixed solutions and noted conclusions from experimentations. These are my first chemigrams – prints made utilizing photo paper and chemicals. So much fun!
Working in the studio late the other night….Cardinals are being born.
As I was skimming Art Press Magazine, I was instantly captivated by the works of Eva Neilsen, a Paris-based artist, combining silkscreen and painting. Neilsen constructs layered images which invoke memories, play on the passage of time and existence. Desolate expanses disclose transient residues of human activity. Subtle washes of color create a shadowy senseContinue reading “mnemonic vistas”
elles / ils
It goes something like this: Sharon Arnold curates an all women show called Elles, exploring the female perspective in art- It was a big success. She then curates a second show, inviting only men to exhibit, called Ils Disent (masculine form meaning “they say”) – welcoming the male view of women in art. Artist, BenContinue reading “elles / ils”
Calm before tomorrow’s storm. Caught a glimpse of Mark Bradford’s work at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in Chelsea. Large scale mixed-media paintings – using a very interesting layering technique and subtractive method. A very physical approach to image-making, with collage elements, stencils, cuts, gouging, and what appears to be sanding of the surface to exposeContinue reading “contemporary excavations”
elevate / emanate
As I did laundry tonight, one of my neighbors sang. He had to share with me his story about singing in church and how powerful it was today, and how moved he was. And so, I imagine myself here, at the Church of Saint Riquier in Northern France, listening to his song, and gazing up atContinue reading “elevate / emanate”
Went down to New Orleans to attend the SGC International Print Conference. What a tremendous turnout! Extraordinary works on display and an assortment of visionary artists to engage with; all with contagious energy for print! The city of New Orleans itself, is a wonder, dotted with colorful characters, and together, they propel a magical sceneContinue reading ““necessary city””
On the daily commute, I saw lots of people with ash crosses on their foreheads for Ash Wednesday. It got me thinking about James Castle, a deaf, illiterate, self-taught artist who barely ever left his home. His communication skills were limited and few in his family could understand him. His assemblages, drawings and book piecesContinue reading “ash”
It’s easy to get lost wandering through the array of spectacular work on Kate MccGwire’s website. From feathers to bones to gunpowder, she infuses magic into her mesmerizing pieces.
Truly awe inspiring artist books and paper sculpture by Swiss artist, Valerie Buess.
Subtle and sketchy swatches of terrain by May Babcock explore the psychology of place. Refreshing approaches to print and papermaking.
new years resolution: transcend your marks
Founded in 2010, The Confetti Museum collects your unique confetti bits! Send them to Austria today! Happy New Year!
fight or flight
Fantastic installation and sculptural wonders by Alexandre Jolly.
Inspired by the patterns and colors of wandering around Morocco and Spain, I created a portfolio of 10 stenciled monotype prints. I was awarded an artist residency at Can Serrat, on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain, where this collection of work was created. I highly recommend this location for international artists of many disciplines toContinue reading “bon dia”
what I see
Here I am.
by the light of fes
beautiful light at our riad, dar moula, in fes.
Gorgeous installation of collected wish flowers….look up and dream!
A couple of my new handmade paper pieces are in a group show @ Woolpunk Studios in Jersey City. Check it out!
Fri, Sat and Sun have been jam packed with amazing arts events! This weekend is Jersey City Artists Studio Tours. Selections from the 2010 GRAF X-change are on exhibit at the Grassroots Community Space. A visit to the NY Art Book Fair @ MOMA PS1 was intoxicating and stimulating. An impressive collection of books andContinue reading “busy weekend!”
What does one do while hiding indoors from a hurricane? Dip wire forms into flax! Hang them to dry in the shower! My army of gangly monsters is growing…
I’ve been experimenting with paper pulp. Made a bunch of specimens this weekend. Building an army.
Started making a family of kozo rotaries.
basket sculpture #1
My time at WSW was incredibly productive and restorative. The community of artists, instructors, staff and interns were all insightful and warm. Amazing things go on at WSW! I was honored to have Kirstin Demer, a handpapermaker and bookbinder, as my instructor. I learned how to make paper from abaca, flax and thai kozo. ExploringContinue reading “basket sculpture #1”
lap of luxury
The site was full last night but tonight I am the last tent standin.
This week I am preparing for my escape into the woods. I was awarded a class scholarship at Women’s Studio Workshop in upstate NY. So I will spend a week living in a tent and biking back and forth to my Sculptural Papermaking class!! Should be a good time unless I get eaten by wildContinue reading “escape”
Stunning works by Ben Butler – drawings, prints and sculpture – I love his aesthetic.
The sickest assortment of altered books I’ve ever seen!@ Brian Dettmer has a solo show on view in Chelsea at Kinz + Tillou Fine Art thru June 11th.