Pair of Towhees No.1, diptych (Male and Female Eastern Towhee, Rufous-Sided Towhee) - bird pulp painting on handmade paper, Item 327.01

Pair of Towhees No.1, diptych (Male and Female Eastern Towhee, Rufous-Sided Towhee) - bird pulp painting on handmade paper, Item 327.01 by Don Widmer
 
  • Pair of Towhees No.1, diptych (Male and Female Eastern Towhee, Rufous-Sided Towhee) - bird pulp painting on handmade paper, Item 327.01 by Don Widmer
  • Pair of Towhees No.1, diptych (Male and Female Eastern Towhee, Rufous-Sided Towhee) - bird pulp painting on handmade paper, Item 327.01 by Don Widmer
  • Pair of Towhees No.1, diptych (Male and Female Eastern Towhee, Rufous-Sided Towhee) - bird pulp painting on handmade paper, Item 327.01 by Don Widmer

From the Don Widmer Gallery

 
Category: Mixed Media

Title: Pair of Towhees No.1, diptych (Male and Female Eastern Towhee, Rufous-Sided Towhee) - bird pulp painting on handmade paper, Item 327.01

Description: This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented flax pulp on top of a base sheet made from hasta, kozo and denim. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet. The fiber used for my base sheet is a combination of hasta (which I cook down from the raw plant material), kozo (inner bark of a mulberry plant), and denim (from recycled jeans). The hasta and denim are pulped in a Hollander beater but the kozo is hand-beaten with a wooden paddle. Bits of metallic foil and recycled paper scraps are swirled into the pulp to create interest and texture. 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 flax pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my base sheet to create the image. 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. You will receive two pulp paintings (17x9 inches each), which can be displayed side-by-side, like a diptych. The male is titled "Revelation" and the female is titled "Biding Time." The towhees are part of my series of pulp-painted birds and bats which can be spotted throughout the Midwest region. The eastern towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus), also called a rufous-sided towhee, can be found throughout the Eastern United States. In my research into the folklore of this bird, I discovered the towhee has two distinct, yet balanced, natures. Mostly secretive, the birds can be heard scratching while hiding in a thicket of leaves. During nesting season, the males become bolder, taking to high branches to sing. These two natures can be said to symbolize the wisdom of biding one's time, keeping a secret until the right moment to reveal what is hidden. 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 these pieces, consider floating them on top of the mat, exposing the unique deckle edge. Either a single or double frame would work. The diptych comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist. Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), May 2020. Artwork Size: 17 x 9 inches (each) ; 43 x 23 cm. (each) Package weight = 12 oz.; 283.5 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)

Medium: Paper

Dimensions: 18 inches wide, 17 inches tall

Shipping: $0.00

Price: $260.00