Revelation No. 6 (Eastern Towhee, Rufous-Sided Towhee) -- bird pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 324.06

Revelation No. 6 (Eastern Towhee, Rufous-Sided Towhee) -- bird pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 324.06 by Don Widmer
 
  • Revelation No. 6 (Eastern Towhee, Rufous-Sided Towhee) -- bird pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 324.06 by Don Widmer
  • Revelation No. 6 (Eastern Towhee, Rufous-Sided Towhee) -- bird pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 324.06 by Don Widmer

From the Don Widmer Gallery

 
Category: Mixed Media

Title: Revelation No. 6 (Eastern Towhee, Rufous-Sided Towhee) -- bird pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 324.06

Description: This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented flax pulp on top of a base sheet made from hasta and kozo. 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) and kozo (inner bark of a mulberry plant). The hasta was pulped in a Hollander beater but the kozo is hand-beaten with a wooden paddle. 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. Revelation is 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 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), April 2020. Artwork Size: 12 x 9 inches ; 30.5 x 23 cm. Package weight = 5.25 oz.; 149 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)

Medium: Paper

Dimensions: 9 inches wide, 12 inches tall

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Price: $116.00