Chicago Skyline No.53: pulp painting on handmade paper (2018), Item No. 278.53

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Item details

Handmade

Materials

abaca fiber, cotton fiber, pigment, cotton pulp paint, metallic foil

Dimensions

Height: 36 Inches; Width: 23 Inches

This series of skylines was originally created for Art on Track Chicago 2011, a mobile art gallery which took place on a CTA elevated train. The city skyline seen from the elevated train window appeared dark and dangerous, gray and dingy. It is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from abaca and cotton. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet.

Here's the process details: Chicago Skyline No.53 implements a papermaking process called couching. In this technique, I first form a sheet made from recycled cotton t-shirts (teal color). A second sheet of handmade paper made from abaca (inner bark of a banana plant) is applied on top of the cotton sheet. Because both sheets are freshly formed, the fibers are attracted to each other and bond together naturally, creating a single sheet. Bits of silver metallic foil are included in the paper to add interest and texture. Once the paper is formed, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented black, onto the 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.

This paper is pH neutral and archival. Although the pigmented color 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 with a list of the buildings depicted, which are (left to right): 311 S. Wacker, Willis Tower, Franklin Center, Smurfit-Stone. The artwork itself is signed by the artist.

Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), August 2018.

Size: 36 x 23 inches (approximate); 91 x 58 cm.
Package weight = 4 lb.; 1814 g
Ships flat with cardboard (28 x 39 inches) insured for the value of the artwork
This series of skylines was originally created for Art on Track Chicago 2011, a mobile art gallery which took place on a CTA elevated train. The city skyline seen from the elevated train window appeared dark and dangerous, gray and dingy. It is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from abaca and cotton. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet.

Here's the process details: Chicago Skyline No.53 implements a papermaking process called couching. In this technique, I first form a sheet made from recycled cotton t-shirts (teal color). A second sheet of handmade paper made from abaca (inner bark of a banana plant) is applied on top of the cotton sheet. Because both sheets are freshly formed, the fibers are attracted to each other and bond together naturally, creating a single sheet. Bits of silver metallic foil are included in the paper to add interest and texture. Once the paper is formed, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented black, onto the 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.

This paper is pH neutral and archival. Although the pigmented color 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 with a list of the buildings depicted, which are (left to right): 311 S. Wacker, Willis Tower, Franklin Center, Smurfit-Stone. The artwork itself is signed by the artist.

Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), August 2018.

Size: 36 x 23 inches (approximate); 91 x 58 cm.
Package weight = 4 lb.; 1814 g
Ships flat with cardboard (28 x 39 inches) insured for the value of the artwork

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