“The Making of a Rock Garden” is a cast paper and linocut installation that I am creating for the exhibition Call & Response curated by Gabriel de Guzman at Wave Hill – a public garden and cultural center in Riverdale, NY. The exhibition opens September 10 and runs through December 3, 2017. Call & Response celebrates the 10th anniversary of Wave Hill’s Sunroom Project Space.
In preparation for this artwork I have been experimenting with casting paper pulp. Part of the experiment is finding the right aesthetic for my idea, the other is learning technical skills. Today, I got to spend the day with the amazing Jacqueline Mallegni of Paper Rain Studio in Abiquiu, NM. Jacqueline makes minimalist sculpture and custom lighting all from natural materials. Today she is teaching me how to make shaped flax paper. Jacqueline teaches classes in her studio as well as at the Espanola Fiber Arts Center in NM; Palo Alto Art Center; Gospel Flat Farm Gallery and Commonweal both in Bolinas, CA and the O’Hanlon Art Center Mill Valley, CA. You can find details on these links or her website.
The first component of my art installation is the paper planters. I would like them translucent, they must resemble real planters while respecting and taking advantage of the material properties. I also need to make 50 in a reasonable amount of time.
I will share with you some of the steps I learned today from Jacqueline.
I love learning new things and today was an exceptional day. I am excited to see how these planters evolve and how they will influence the making of the linocut plants that will tumble out of them.