Female House Sparrow No. 44: Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper (2019), Item no. 189.44

Female House Sparrow No. 44: Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper (2019), Item no. 189.44 by Don Widmer
 
  • Female House Sparrow No. 44: Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper (2019), Item no. 189.44 by Don Widmer
  • Female House Sparrow No. 44: Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper (2019), Item no. 189.44 by Don Widmer

From the Don Widmer Gallery

 
Category: Mixed Media

Title: Female House Sparrow No. 44: Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper (2019), Item no. 189.44

Description: This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from denim, abaca and garlic. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet. This artwork is made from a combination of denim (from recycled jeans), abaca (inner bark of a banana plant) and garlic leaves and stems (cooked with a mordent to eliminate the acidity). After forming my pulp, I swirl in bits of metallic foil for texture and interest. Once the pulp is formed into a sheet, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my base sheet. After the sheet is pressed and dried, the result is this sheet of unique paper, where the image itself is part of the paper fiber. Even though I use the same stenciled images multiple times, each sheet I create is unique, based on variations of sheet formation and pulp painting. Female House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) continues my series of pulp-painted birds, which includes crow, raven, rook, blackbird, bluebird and cardinal. I am particularly interested in the meanings these birds have in the folklores of various cultures. For example, in Indonesia, if a sparrow flies into one’s home it means good luck. Although the pigmented color in this artwork is more light-safe and permanent than using dyes, it is best to keep the artwork away from direct sunlight. If you decide to frame this piece, consider floating the sheet on top of the mat, exposing the unique deckle edge. This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist. Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), December 2019. Artwork Size: 11 x 8.5 inches (approximate); 27.9 x 21.6 cm. Package weight = 5.25 oz.; 149 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)

Medium: Paper

Dimensions: 9 inches wide, 11 inches tall

Shipping: $0.00

Price: $116.00