cast cotton papers with a blue abaca paper on the right. This is a detail from Meaningless and Sure, Winter 2017.
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 literally to support the paper such as insulation foam board, wood and heavy wire.
Our working method is discontinuous. We make paper objects and then later put them together with other elements, paper or otherwise. Artworks are created, exhibited or at least documented. Then, they're taken a part and 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.
The peach "tapestry" (top and below) that Barb made a few years before we began collaborating full time has reappeared many times.
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.