My cast-paper sculptures encompass highly fluid, expressive, and sensuous surface textures. In order to accomplish this goal, I had to invent an entirely new process of making paper sculpture.
At the heart of this new process is my use of thermal tools such as soldering irons and wax needles to “hot draw” my images on the surface of insulation board (Styrofoam). The heat generated by these tools melt the surface of the insulation board on contact, establishing my “line” while also defining the surface texture. By "hot drawing" drawing on the surface of the Styrofoam I am also creating a sunken relief, which I can then use as a mold to cast a bas-relief of my "hot drawing" by packing the surface of the mold with archival cotton linter pulp. Once the pulp dries I gently remove what is now a beautiful cast-paper bas-relief of my "hot drawing" from the mold. My work using this new process featured in Approach magazine the 2019-2020 publication of the International Association of Paper Making Artists, of which I am proudly a member. Images of the process I use to make my cast paper are shown in the following picture gallery
"Chaos 2020" Bas-relief in handmade paper inspired by the events of 2020 from Covid to racial strife, and political rancor. Handmade paper from cotton linter pulp and ink on canvas. Height 14", Width 11", depth 1". Available.
"Lady in Red" bas-relief sculpture of a woman in a red corset. Handmade cast-paper & acrylic on canvas. 24" high by 18" wide by 1.5" deep. (unique)
"Marilyn" a bas-relief sculpture portrait of the iconic actress Marilyn Monroe. Handmade cast-paper & acrylic mounted on textured foam. 24" high by 20" wide by 2" deep. Edition number 8 of 10
"Lady in a Black Corset" bas-relief sculpture of a lady wearing a black corset. Handmade cas-paper & acrylic on canvas. 24" high by 18" wide by 1.5" deep.
My husband Bob packing the cotton linter pulp into my thermal drawing on Styrofoam. When the pulp dries it will be carefully removed from the mold as a bas-relief sculpture "Sea Glass".
I "drew" this image on the surface of a piece of insulation board using a hot wax needle and a soldering iron to create a sculpture mold for casting "Alchemy" in paper.
Paper casting in progress showing the cotton linter pulp on the surface of the Styrofoam mold for "Alchemy"
Casting paper. Me casting "Alchemy" a 48" by 72" bas-relief sculpture in handmade paper. The paper is made from an archival cotton linter pulp.
Highly textured bas-relief sculpture in handmade cast paper derived from an archival cotton linter pulp.