Talking on the phone with Joan, 92 2018 cast cotton and abaca handmade papers, caning 32" x 28" x 13"

These are a few of the handmade paper objects with which we’ll compose our works. The purple and maroon pieces in the foreground were originally a single unit, but it was so ugly that the compassionate thing to do was cut it up into active, jagged shapes.

 

how we work

Our working method is discontinuous.

We make paper objects such as the objects in the shots nearby and at the bottom of the page. They are rarely made to be a part of a specific work. See Making Inventory for more.

Then we will use them almost like found objects and put them together with other elements, paper or otherwise. If an object doesn’t work well with others, it becomes a stand alone piece or it is put in the ‘recall to life’ pile and reworked.

Damn old work and storage units!

Artworks are thus created, exhibited or at least documented. They're then disbanded and the parts recycled into new work. If the need arises and the parts are not elsewhere in use, we'll recreate a work. The veronese green and ochre piece in the work nearby is pretty popular. Some of the works that it has been a part of are in the gallery below.

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The veronese cotton and ochre abaca object has been shown in several works. We’ve made several of these cotton and abaca things. We call them puffers, and Making Inventory will explain why.

More examples of our inventory of abaca and cotton fiber pieces along with a few non-paper elements:

The flat object on its own panel is made up of cotton shapes (purple, white, orange) connected by dark red and black strips of abaca.

We use a lot of pink insulation foam board. They may be lightly splashed with paint as in the 5 pieces on the floor. Or we’ll put some pieces together and cover them with papers like the skinny figure at the right.

The yellow shapes are cast on HVAC ducting except the foreground one which was cast from a large trash can wrapped with thick fencing wire (below left). Ribs give the abaca pieces some structure and volume. We put the holes in when we’re casting.


Trash cans taped bottom to bottom are used to create a form to cast abaca. The heavy wire around the cans provides the piece with structural ribs. The “yellow jackets” are built up from strips of abaca rather than full sheets to give a more interesting look when seen through transmitted light and to give greater tear strength.

Trash cans taped bottom to bottom are used to create a form to cast abaca. The heavy wire around the cans provides the piece with structural ribs. The “yellow jackets” are built up from strips of abaca rather than full sheets to give a more interesting look when seen through transmitted light and to give greater tear strength.

This black and white “scarf” is just shapes of abaca slightly overlapped. It was made flat, but U shaped to give it some twist and bulk even when used more or less straightened.

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