About this piece:
For Incubate I focused on the expressive qualities of handmade paper, using paper pulp not merely as a substrate, but as a sculptural material with intriguing qualities in itself. The imagery in the book was created with pulp or by embedding materials in the pulp as the paper was formed, rather than added to the surface later. I used the translucent, membrane-like quality of the paper to evoke a condition of containment, concealment, or protection that is hinted at and possibly breached – and the vulnerability and curiosity implied therein.
paper, sand, thread
About the artist:
Karen Hardy is a visual artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials, and is influenced by her background in the natural sciences. She uses innovative hand papermaking techniques and a variety of non-traditional materials in her artist books, sculpture, and installation. Her artist books are widely exhibited and held in collections across the country and abroad. Karen received an MFA in book arts & printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and currently teaches book arts at Western Carolina University.