I discovered handmade papermaking in 1980 when I was still painting in oils. In time, my oil painting case lay unused. To celebrate the textures of nature I now use the texture of colored paper fiber. And there is the sheer physical presence of the finished piece– the built up textures and the irregular edges add a sculptural dimension that enhances the picture’s spatiality While I work to create a space and atmosphere that will absorb the viewer, I also want to pay homage to the physical surface of the artwork–this is easily achieved by the festive swirls and intermingling of the paper fibers. The plant fibers used, kozo, flax, cotten and abaca, are archival – that is, they are not acidic, as is newspaper, and will not yellow and deteriorate over time.
The pigments that color the fibers are permanent– strong light will not cause fading. There is no glue–nor is any paint applied to the surface. The end product is 100% colored fiber .My work is in many private and corporate collections: Cincinnati Bell, State St. Bank, Scudder, Clark and Stevens, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and TJX are just a few.
To learn more about Stephen, visit his website HERE
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