About this piece:
Erratic Obsession was created in the spring of 2019. It is letterpress printed on handmade cotton and abaca paper. The imagery was executed through pulp painting and blowout papermaking techniques. It is a multi directional accordion book whose narrative varies based on viewer interaction, and it can also be displayed as a sculptural book. The book examines obsessive, repetitive action as a method for coping with anxiety or emotional distress as well as the sporadic, spiraling thought patterns of anxiety. These themes are represented through the dynamic book structure, the book’s ability to expand to several times its compressed size, and the shifting imagery.
The text was sourced from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper (1892) and Annie Payson Call’s Nerves and Common Sense (1909). Welch combined and manipulated fragments from both texts to create the present narrative.
About the artist:
Lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Maria Welch is an artist investigating the fleeting and residual nature of memory with emphasis on how these aspects affect the psyche. She explores these themes across various process-oriented mediums such as papermaking, printmaking, and book arts, and frequently uses dirt as a metaphor for taxing life experiences. Welch received her BA in Studio Art with a minor in Art History from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. Welch is currently enrolled in the Book Arts and Printmaking MFA program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.