How we work
The works grow out of our handmade papers and our studio experiments/tribulations with paper fibers. Other materials come in to complement and sometimes to structurally support the paper such as insulation foam board, wood and heavy wire.
Our working method is discontinuous.
We make paper objects such as the objects on this page (all 2014 to 2018). They become standalone works when they don’t work well with others. 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 use them almost like found objects and 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 engaged, we'll recreate a piece.
The peach "tapestry" 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 these objects and the artworks that come of them 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.