House of Glass No.1 (Farnsworth House): pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 319.01

House of Glass No.1 (Farnsworth House): pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 319.01



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abaca fiber, denim, eucalyptus fiber, pigment, flax pulp paint, metallic foil


Height: 24 Inches; Width: 36 Feet; Depth: 0 Inches


This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented 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 recycled denim (cotton rag), abaca (inner bark of a banana plant), and eucalyptus (which I cook down from the raw plant material). All the fibers are pulped in a Hollander beater. Metallic foil is swirled into the pulp to add texture and interest. 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 flax pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my base sheet to create the image. 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.

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed Farnsworth House which was built in Plano, Illinois between 1945 and 1951. This house would inspire contemporary Japanese architects of the "white school" with its use of sparse materials (steel, glass, concrete) and white paint as a recurring color. At Farnsworth House, the organic and colorful shapes of nature are always in contrast to the white geometry of the house itself.

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. The artwork itself is signed by the artist.

Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), March 2020.

Size: 24 x 36 inches (approximate); 61 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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