Bonnie Ferrill Roman – Contagion


© 2017
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 68 x 35 x 7


About this piece:

Contagion explores the concept of infection: not only biological infections, but also infectious ideas and how humanity’s spread across the planet can be compared to the progression of a virus. A cluster of cell-like wire and handmade paper forms are saturated with pigmented beeswax to mimic skin. Digitally-manipulated photographs from Yellowstone National Park, chosen for suggestion of both landscape and biology, fill the largest ‘cells’, then wool roving spreads throughout – like a virus, or an idea whose time has come.


paper, wire, wax, wool, silk, acrylic polymer, digital inks

About the artist:

Bonnie Ferrill Roman has been creating and showing handmade-paper-based sculpture and installation art locally and nationally since 1995. She uses thin wet sheets of her handmade abaca paper to create her forms, either cast over molds or formed around armatures. She often incorporates mixed media, encaustic, light, and other fibers into her metaphoric contemporary artworks. She also creates layered digital photographic collages, often incorporating images of her 3D forms into her 2D works. She teaches sculpture at Regis University, and lives in Wheat Ridge with her husband, son, and two cats.

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Bonnie Ferrill Roman – Contagion

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