Steel No. 4 (Pittsburgh Steel Yards): Handmade Pigmented Paper with Pulp Painting (2019), Item no. 297.04

Steel No. 4 (Pittsburgh Steel Yards): Handmade Pigmented Paper with Pulp Painting (2019), Item no. 297.04

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Handmade

Item details

Materials

pigment, cotton pulp paint, cotton fiber, denim fiber, daylily fiber, bamboo fiber

Dimensions

Height: 36 Inches; Width: 24 Inches

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

This artwork is based on a historical photo of a steel yard near Pittsburgh, nicknamed the "Steel City." Pittsburgh's abundance of coal mines and location at the convergence of three rivers made it an ideal location for the production of steel. Capturing such a harsh image within the delicate fibers of handmade paper creates a paradox often found in my work. The softness of paper, its imprecise delineations and blurred lines, contrast with the severity of the steel structures I seek to represent, creating a dreamlike quality. People comment that these pieces evoke memories, reminding us that our built environments become integral to our personal histories.

Here's the process details: The fiber used in the creation of this sheet is a combination of daylily (which I cook from the raw plant material), cotton, denim and bamboo. These fibers are beaten and combined to form a pulp. 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 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.

Although the pigmented fibers used in this sheet are 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 in Bridgeport (Chicago), June 2019.

Size: 36 x 24 inches (approximate); 91.4 x 61 cm.
Package weight = 4 lb.; 1814 g
Ships flat with cardboard (28 x 39 inches) insured for the value of the artwork
This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from cotton, denim, bamboo and daylily. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet.

This artwork is based on a historical photo of a steel yard near Pittsburgh, nicknamed the "Steel City." Pittsburgh's abundance of coal mines and location at the convergence of three rivers made it an ideal location for the production of steel. Capturing such a harsh image within the delicate fibers of handmade paper creates a paradox often found in my work. The softness of paper, its imprecise delineations and blurred lines, contrast with the severity of the steel structures I seek to represent, creating a dreamlike quality. People comment that these pieces evoke memories, reminding us that our built environments become integral to our personal histories.

Here's the process details: The fiber used in the creation of this sheet is a combination of daylily (which I cook from the raw plant material), cotton, denim and bamboo. These fibers are beaten and combined to form a pulp. 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 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.

Although the pigmented fibers used in this sheet are 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 in Bridgeport (Chicago), June 2019.

Size: 36 x 24 inches (approximate); 91.4 x 61 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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