March 2023 Show and Opening, Paper Frames

In this year-long project, I more fully merged my art with the frames that it is displayed in. In the past, I created paper-based art on a wooden base and then enclosed the base with wood strips to create a shadow box. This is precise and creates art that is easy to hang and to group. However, working with wood is not working with paper, and I began to wonder if I could also cast my frames from paper to integrate them more fully with the art.

Because of the large amount of pulp needed, I decided to use my paper making stamp mill and to work with raw plant materials for the frames (see Projects for 2021). The different plant materials in conjunction with how they were processed and dried are responsible for the color, texture, shrinkage, and distortion of the individual frames. I got better as I went along. The last step is to glue the cast frame to a square of hardboard for hanging and stability.

Some of the ‘art’ is inserted into the frames in the form of collages and, in others, the ‘art’ was cast as part of the frame and then decorated. My subject matter has many influences and I generally describe my art as whimsical and macabre.

All these pieces are about 11.5 x 11.5 x 0.75 inches, having been cast at 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches and then shrinking during pressing and drying. Most of the papers are single color, but a few involve multiple pours of several colors.

AN ACTION SHOT SHOWING ADDING FINISHED PULP TO THE FRAME MOLD. AFTER FILLING THE MOLD, IT WAS DE-WATERED WITH A VACUUM TABLE AND THEN PRESSED AND ALLOWED TO AIR DRY VERY SLOWLY, TAKING UP TO 2 WEEKS. THIS PARTICULAR PULP RETAINED SOME OF THE GREEN COLOR FROM ORIGINAL PLANT MATERIAL. I GENERALLY I FOUND THAT TALL FLOWER STALKS MADE THE BEST PAPER.
A REMINDER OF DEATH
ARTISTIC BACKDROP
BIG BANG
BLACK ON PURPLE
BLACK RAIN
BLACK RIVER
BLUE AND YELLOW FISH
CROW DRESSED AS A BLUEBIRD
BLUE MOOSE WITH YELLOW MOON
BLUE RAT IN THE GRASS
BRUISED SPIRALS
CONTOUR PLOWING
DIRECT HIT
EARTH TO SKY
FLAG SERIES 1… TRIBUTE TO JASPER JOHNS
FLAG SERIES 2… STRIPES
FLAG SERIES 3… STARS
FLAG SERIES 4… FARMLAND
FLAG SERIES 5… UNITY
FLAG SERIES 6… REMEMBRANCE
FLOATERS AND FLASHES
FOUR HANDS
FOUR SQUARE
GREEN EYED CROW
HUMMINGBIRD RISING
MAGIC DOOR
MICROSCOPE
MIGRATIONS
MOONLIT MOOSE
MORNING
MUDFISH
MY BLUE EYED DARLIN’
NEBULA
NIGH OWL
ON THE HUNT
ORANGE LIPS, BLACK EYES
PINK SKY IN THE MORNING
PURPLE ON BLACK
SEEING RED
TELESCOPE
THE LITTLE LAMB
THREE DANCING FOOLS
TREASURE MAP
UNDER THE RED SUN
WATER FEATURE
YELLOW SLIT