On April 24, after 5 months nonstop of papercutting, I opened my biggest show yet called Vascular Caverns at 707 Gallery in Downtown Pittsburgh. The idea was one that I always had with me, so somehow I had to plan out covering a whole entire gallery in entirely handcut paper. I knew I wanted it to be meditative, so I created a cavernous space, and included a smaller, secluded cavern within the gallery that viewers could step inside. It was a huge success and it’s on view for some time. If you are in the Pittsburgh area, come see it! At the end of the exhibit’s time, I will be burning the entire installation during a performance piece- more info to come!
What an awful title for this post… sorry but that’s all I’ve got for you right now. It’s late here and titles aren’t going to be produced from this mind anytime soon. The point is, here’s the finished piece. Surprisingly, this took me much longer to make than I expected. Here was the process:
– Take a sheet of Rives BFK and handpaint the turmeric ink on it. With this one, I wanted to put only a slight amount of water. So I used a squirt bottle and sprayed light amounts of water in certain spots. I use the word “handpaint” because I literally put gloves on and painted it on with my fingers. There was a certain airy look I wanted and I knew I’d only get it this way. Plus, I felt a little distanced from my pieces with a brush. Don’t know what that change is about, but that’s what’s going on.
– Make the drawing. I drew the little shapes in pencil and was careful to not smear the turmeric anymore. It isn’t set on there, and there are still pretty big chunks of the spice…
– Make the cutouts… BFK is awful to cut through. I don’t know why I do this to myself. I had to take two trips to the hot springs out here to get the pain out of my arm….
– Make the drawings on a second sheet of rice paper that align with the BFK cutouts. Then cut those little guys out…
-Add the final layer of BFK on the back.