Moment of Silence No. 18 – Red-headed Woodpecker, pulp painting on handmade paper (2019), Item No. 290.18

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handmade paper, cotton rag, abaca, cotton pulp paint, pigment

This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from cotton and flax. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet.

The fiber used for my base sheet is a combination of cotton rag (from recycled t-shirts) and flax (which I cook down from the raw plant material). The image itself is "painted" using pigmented cotton. All the fibers are pulped in a Hollander beater. Once the pulp is formed into a sheet, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my base sheet. After the sheet is pressed and dried, the result is this sheet of unique paper, where the image itself is part of the paper fiber. Even though I use the same stenciled images multiple times, each sheet I create is unique, based on variations of sheet formation and pulp painting.

The Red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) can be found throughout temperate North America, although it is currently on the list of Endangered Species. The title of this artwork derives from the woodpecker's symbolic meaning. "Listening" and "Attention" are two meanings associated with this bird. Although these meanings derive from the human reaction to the bird's incessant hammering, the bird in this artwork has actually paused in its noisemaking to become the listener. The forest experiences a moment of silence.

Although the pigmented color in this artwork is more light-safe and permanent than using dyes, it is best to keep the artwork away from direct sunlight. If you decide to frame this piece, consider floating the sheet on top of the mat, exposing the unique deckle edge. This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist.

Created at the Kaneland Arts Initiative (Maple Park, IL), April 2019.

Size: 11 x 8.5 inches (approximate); 27.9 x 21.6 cm.
Package weight = 5.25 oz.; 149 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)
This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from cotton and flax. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet.

The fiber used for my base sheet is a combination of cotton rag (from recycled t-shirts) and flax (which I cook down from the raw plant material). The image itself is "painted" using pigmented cotton. All the fibers are pulped in a Hollander beater. Once the pulp is formed into a sheet, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my base sheet. After the sheet is pressed and dried, the result is this sheet of unique paper, where the image itself is part of the paper fiber. Even though I use the same stenciled images multiple times, each sheet I create is unique, based on variations of sheet formation and pulp painting.

The Red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) can be found throughout temperate North America, although it is currently on the list of Endangered Species. The title of this artwork derives from the woodpecker's symbolic meaning. "Listening" and "Attention" are two meanings associated with this bird. Although these meanings derive from the human reaction to the bird's incessant hammering, the bird in this artwork has actually paused in its noisemaking to become the listener. The forest experiences a moment of silence.

Although the pigmented color in this artwork is more light-safe and permanent than using dyes, it is best to keep the artwork away from direct sunlight. If you decide to frame this piece, consider floating the sheet on top of the mat, exposing the unique deckle edge. This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist.

Created at the Kaneland Arts Initiative (Maple Park, IL), April 2019.

Size: 11 x 8.5 inches (approximate); 27.9 x 21.6 cm.
Package weight = 5.25 oz.; 149 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)

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