Flying Fox No. 2 – pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 313.02

Flying Fox No. 2 – pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 313.02



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handmade paper, abaca fiber, cotton fiber, eucalyptus fiber, flax pulp paint, cotton pulp paint, pigment, metallic foil, mica chips


Height: 19 Inches; Width: 36 Inches; Depth: 0 Inches


This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton and flax pulp on top of a base sheet made from abaca, denim, and eucalyptus. 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 abaca (inner bark of a banana plant), recycled blue denim, and eucalyptus. I cook down the eucalyptus from the raw plant material. The image itself is "painted" using pigmented cotton and flax. All the fibers are pulped in a Hollander beater. I swirl bits of metallic foil and red mica into the pulp before sheet formation. 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 or flax 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.

Flying Foxes (Pteropus), also called fruit bats, live in the tropics and subtropics of Asia, including Australia and East Africa. Their wingspan can reach nearly 5 feet. They eat flowers and fruit, and sometimes leaves, from over 100 species of native trees and vines, including eucalyptus. These bats are effective forest pollinators, as the pollen sticks to their furry bodies. Eucalypts produce most of their nectar and pollen at night when the flying foxes are active.

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 in Bridgeport (Chicago), February 2020.

Size: 18 x 36 inches (approximate); 45.7 x 91.4 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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