The beauty and potential for metaphor inherent in natural systems and processes is often my source of inspiration. “Ebb” is a contemplation on tidal cycles and the experience of waning or loss. The handmade paper is translucent overbeaten abaca, pigmented in a gradient from light to dark turquoise to reference the sea and its changing depths. The covers are plexiglass covered in overlapping layers of handmade paper that further suggests the gradual exposure of the shore during a receding tide. It is bound with dyed and waxed linen thread, using an exposed coptic stitch sewn across the spine to emphasize the color and texture of the handmade paper.
abaca handmade paper, waxed linen thread, plexiglass
Karen Hardy works with innovative hand papermaking techniques in a variety of forms, including artist books, sculpture, and installation. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials, influenced by her background in the natural sciences. A graduate of the book arts & printmaking MFA Program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, where she works out of her home studio as well as in the Picante Paper and Book Arts Studios at The Southwest School of Art. Karen’s work is part of prominent national collections and is widely exhibited both nationally and internationally.