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some of our "inventory" that we use and reuse to build our pieces.

Work by Barbara Landes and Paul Sullivan

We are husband and wife making art together in Madison, Wisconsin. The work grows out of our handmade papers and our studio experiments/tribulations with paper fibers. Other materials come in to complement and sometimes structurally to support the paper such as insulation foam board, wood and heavy wire.

Our working method is discontinuous.

We make paper objects such as the individual objects above. Occasionally, they become standalone works. They are seldom made to be a part of a specific work. It's as if we make the objects and hand them over to another couple who will put them together with other elements, paper or otherwise. Thus, artworks are created, exhibited or at least documented. Then, they're disbanded and the parts recycled into new work. Damn old work and storage units! If the need arises and the parts are not elsewhere, we'll recreate a piece.

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The peach "tapestry" (above and below) that Barb made a few years before we began collaborating full time has reappeared many times.

Days when dragons are the issue 2014

Thunderhead in spacious skies (detail) December 2016

Treehouse  Summer 2017

Treehouse Summer 2017

We use paper fiber to make things that we think are interesting or beautiful or satisfying in some way. Complete or fragmentary, our paper objects become part of our "inventory" from which we draw when working on our pieces. We talk and think about the works in terms of materials, composition, color, installation.

The works are abstract. The only meaning is what the pieces resonate as we create them and live with them. What does a piece contribute to the dialog of our lives at the moment? That's what we try to capture in our titles and offer to the viewer as one possible way into the works.