THE GREEN MAN: AUTUMN marks my return to a favorite topic: the folklore, legends and mythology of the “Green Man”, something I’ve explored in a number of different mediums. This time the medium is paper collage using paper that I hand inked and hand pulled specifically for this piece. Mounted on mat board and matted and framed to 18”x 14”, THE GREEN MAN: AUTUMN is the first on an intended four part “seasonal” series.
I’ve been thinking for awhile about using hand made paper in my print making and collage work, and while I have made paper before, I hadn’t for several years. So I just finished taking a 3 hour workshop entitled “Plant Fibers for Paper Making” from Winnie Radolan at the Abington Art Center, which proved to be a very good introductory and/or review workshop. The pieces shown above, using Ginko leaves and milkweed are a couple of my workshop pieces. I’m going to continue working with using fibers such as day lilies, daffodils, hosta, corn husks, et al, and incorporating those papers in my print making and collage work.
Baghdad Nights is a hand loom weaving that I started almost a decade ago but put aside because I couldn’t figure out how to finish or display it. The concept was there but I couldn’t find what pulled it together. This winter, when I rediscovered the unfinished piece, I connected with the sadness of how the situation in the Middle East has changed so little from when I first started. It seemed appropriate to me to finish it as a wall hanging, suspended on a surplus scrap of steel rebar. Acrylic and cotton yarn, steel rebar, fishing line. 25” x 31 ½”. $300.00