The revealed interior of a found wasp nest suggested books spiraling out of the layers. The book covers use wasp paper collage with pages of text that lists words about the wasp, the production of paper made by the wasps, etc. My interest in the wasp and its magical nest work inspired this work. I have always been intrigued with hidden secrets in nature
wasp nest, Japanese paper, wasp paper, linen thread, collage, vellum, ink jet printed text
Mary Ellen Long was born in Los Angeles and lived in North San Diego County before moving to Durango, Colorado 34 years ago. A multi-media artist, she exhibits throughout the wide world of art. She received BA and MA degrees from San Diego State and has received grants from the Colorado Arts Council. Mary Ellen has been a featured artist at The Center for Book Arts in New York City and has been an artist-in-residence at Edgemont Highlands in Durango creating outdoor environmental art for 9 years. Her book art has been placed in collections such as the Sackner Archive, MOMA Library, UCSD Special Collections, The Athenaeum in La Jolla, California and the National Museum for Women in the Arts Library. A recent retrospective “Journey of the Artist” was shown at Fort Lewis College Art Gallery in Durango, Colorado.