For some of this work I have used ledger paper, old envelopes and coffee filters, to construct grids of various sizes and patterns. The paper is painted with watercolor, or dyed with tea and then worked in various ways to not only celebrate but also to subvert the matrix.
Mulberry paper (joomchi) 50 x 78 x 4 inches, 2019
Mulberry paper (joomchi) 50 x 78 x 4 inches, 2019
Paper, watercolor paint 6 x 5.5 inches, 2019.
Ledger paper, watercolor paint 26 x 17.5 x 2 inches, 2019.
Ledger paper, watercolor. 9.5 x 12 inches, 2019.
Ledger paper, watercolor 16 x 10.5 inches, 2019.
Ledger paper, watercolor 8.5 x 5.5 inches, 2019.
Wire, paper, thread 17 x 9 x 5 inches, 2019.
Wire, paper, thread 15.5 x 5 x 5, 2019.
Mulberry paper, thread, copper wire 63 x 18 x 14 inches, 2017.
Ledger paper, watercolor 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 2019.
Envelope, watercolor 6 x 10.5 x 1 inches, 2019.
Envelope, watercolor 8 x 11.5 inches, 2019.
Screen, paper pulp, wire 7 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches, 2018.
Wire, abaca paper pulp 6 x 8 x 3 inches, 2018.
Wire, abaca pulp 2018.
Record of the Journey
I often work with repurposed or found materials, items that have been worn and used and worked by other people, other forces. My pieces are made from items such as teabags, ledger paper, coffee filters, cardboard boxes, books, envelopes, and discarded wire. I add my efforts to the already present scratches, stains, dents, tears, rust and various weatherings, with stitches, dye, paint and glue. I dismember old books sand and soak, boil and bake. I knead mulberry paper to get it to contract and adhere. The idea is to tell a story, but in hints and whispers, erasures and mendings.
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Framed: 26 x 23 x 2 inches Cotten and linen fabric, gauze, thread
Framed: 23 x 19 x 1 inches Telephone book page, paper, thread, kakishibu
Just A Game
Framed: 20 x 24 x 1 inches Paper, thread, tea dye
Framed: 19 x 19 x 1 inches Coffee filter, thread, ledger paper, tea dye
Framed: 32 x 24 x 2 inches. Mulberry paper, thread, flax string.
Framed: 24 x 19 x 1 inches. Mulberry paper, linen, thread.
Framed: 22.5 x 18.5 x 1 inches. Mulberry paper, other paper, thread.
Distant and Uncharted
Framed: 23 x 19 x 1.5 inches. Cotton and linen fabric, thread.
Cracking Open 2
Framed: 25 x 30 x 2 inches. Cotton, coffee filter, paper, thread.
Framed: 19 x 19 x 1 inches. Coffee filter, thread, ledger paper, tea dye.
Framed: 22 x 26 x 1 inches. Used cardboard folders, thread, paper, kakishibu, tea dye.
No Matter Where
Framed: 17 x 17 x 1 inches. Coffee filter, thread.
Framed: 14 x 17 x 1 inches. Coffee filter, mouse bones, thread.
Framed: 19 x 19 x 1 inches. Coffee filter, thread.
Framed: 19 x 19 x 1 inches. Coffee filters, thread.
Framed: 17 x 23 x 1.5 inches. Card catalog cards, tea dye, paper.
Framed: 35 x 23 x 1.5 inches. Mulberry paper, thread.
Everywhere… signs, marks, evidence of existence, the laws of gravity, character, history, and imagination. Cracks in the asphalt that hint at some shift underneath. Pawprints in mud, dust on a web. There are inscriptions made by wind and sand, time and fire, or just tales told by mold or neglect or rubber tires on a curve of asphalt. The marks I make - cuts, holes, burns, stains or stitches in paper - are evidence of my truths: they are a code, a rhythmic, enigmatic, asemic language as well as a map to my subconscious meanderings.
Ledger paper stained with tea, water color paint, framed: 22 x 16.5 inches, 2016.
Ledger paper stained with tea, coffee filter, thread, framed: 29 x 20 inches, 2016.
Mulberry paper, thread, framed: 25 x 30 inches, 2017.
Teabag paper, thread, framed: 43.5 x 36 inches, 2105.
Mulberry paper, copper wire, thread, 62.5 x 18 x 14 inches, 2017.
Book covers, photos, paper, paint, framed: 10 x 8 inches, 2016.
Mulberry paper, thread, 17 x 24 inches, 2017.
Fabric, thread, staples, framed: 18 x 20 x 2 inches, 2017.
Red Cipher 2
Mulberry paper (joomchi), framed: 41 x 18 x 4 inches, 2017.
Mulberry paper (joomchi), framed: 29 x 24 x 4 inches, 2017.
Mulberry paper (joomchi), thread framed: 23 x 16 x 1 inches, 2017.
Paper tag, tea dye, 3.5 x 7 inches, 2017.
Fabric, thread, tea dye, 8 x 18 inches, 2017.
I am attached to objects that are broken, torn, dismantled and discarded. Intrigued by the concept of wear, I have a deep respect for the forces that work on fabric or paper (or our own skin): gravity, wind, heat, moisture, microorganisms, rust and the passage of time. My contribution is to rearrange the materials, transform them, and reattach them in different ways, using glue, thread, string or wire, to dye them, iron them, paint, stain, sand or wax them.
A recent passion for mobiles means that I often use wire to create hanging paper sculptures. I love the transparency and lightness of paper, its power to hold history, and its durability, flexibility and marvelous variety.
Made by Tom Russell and Deborah Benioff Friedman Made of paper, wire and thread. Video by Lia Roozendaal.
Acciaccatura Framed: 22 x 17 inches Ledger paper stained with tea, watercolor.
Mobile by Tom Russell and Deborah Benioff Friedman. Video by Lia Roozendaal.
Altera Framed: 15 x 17.5 inches Cardboard, tea dye
Artifact Framed: 19.5 x 24 x 1.5 inches Paper envelope, thread, kakishibu
Barque 29 x 32 x 24 inches Wood, string, teabag paper
Cincinnati Cake Framed: 34 x 24 x 2 inches Cardboard, wire, ephemera, paint
Deciphered framed : 37 x 44 x 2 inches Paper, thread, string, kakishibu
Egress 9 x 11 x 1 inches Cardboard, kakishibu
Envelope Framed: 15 x 14 inches Envelope, tea stain
Fragment Framed: 25.5 x 29 x 2 inches Paper, kakishibu
Frippery Framed: 26 x 40 x 2 inches Teabag paper, teabag string
Just A Game Framed: 20 x 24 inches Paper, thread, tea dye
Kinneret Framed: 15 x 22 inches Ledger paper, stained with tea
The Law of Salvage 40 x 63 x 3 inches Mulberry paper, string, gauze
The Law of Salvage (detail) Mulberry paper, string, gauze