“Travelling Light 2011” by Marguerite Derricourt and more at Paper Now

Posted: February 11, 2012 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions
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Traveling Light 2011 by Marguerite Derricourt“Travelling Light 2011” by Marguerite Derricourt
molded Japanese Lace hemp paper on stainless steel wire
inspired by the annual flight of the Bogong moths from Queensland to the Snowy Mountains to lay their eggs in caves and back again and how on some years they get sidetracked by the big city lights (as do we all!)
detail  of moths in Traveling Light 2011 by Marguerite Derricourtdetail of moths
Marguerite makes each moth by creating a highly detailed model in plasticine then takes a silicone mold in which she lays ripped pieces of the handmade paper layered with wallpaper paste, they are surprisingly robust in their fragility as are the Bogong moths
detail of moths in Traveling Light 2011 by Marguerite DerricourtThe play of light though the wings and the shadows on the wall enhances the sense of  movement, mystery & the moth as metaphor for the nocturnal, ephemeral and ofttime self destructive nature of the artist & the art making process.
detail of moth in Traveling Light 2011 by Marguerite DerricourtThe desire of the moth for the star,
Of the night for the morrow,
The devotion to something afar
From the sphere of our sorrow?

from the poem To ____ by Percy B Shelley

here’s a detail of the layers in Bronwyn Berman’s  “Breathe in Love through the Heart 2011”
detail of Breathe in Love through the Heart 2011 by Bronwyn BermanFrench & Japanese handmade papers, beeswax, poker work, antique glass beads, pins echidna quills & lyrebird feathers
I love Bronwyn’s attention to detail in her ongoing exploration of natural order, beeswax & her delight in the sheer wonder of paper as a sculptural medium!

Brigiat Maltese talked about her wonderfully detailed & collaged explorations of the Capertee Valley
She paints en plein air directly into small Moleskine accordion notebooks then collects whatever leaves, wings and things that the world gifts her onsite and completes the works in her studio
Folded Valley 1 by Brigiat MalteseFolded Valley 1 by Brigiat Maltese
first page of Folded Valley 1 by Birgiat Maltesedetail of first page Folded Valley 1
with a fragment of butterfly wing wrapped twigs & words cut out from an aged dictionary
detail of floded Valley 1 by Birgiat Maltesedetail of last page of Folded Valley with a pocket for her found feathers, a weathered stick, string and aged words
Sally Aplin talked about her playful yet formal exploration of the idea of shopping bags
 Tianli Zu gave a very entertaining explanation of her intuitively cut piece “Nüwa is pregnant 2011”
Liz Shreeve wasn’t there to give a talk but this detail from “The Light of Reason” speaks so eloquently about paper
detail of The Light of Reason 2011 by Liz Shreeve
Alison Clark curated the show & hosted the artist’s talks for Paper Now and there will be another session with three of the other artists & Birgiat has promised to bring in more books on March 3rd just before the show finishes.
NB all of the images in this post can be seen in more detail by clicking on them

Comments
  1. sbmacinnis says:

    Beautiful piece.

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