Bonnie Ferrill Roman – Zoonosis


© 2016

edition of 1

dimensions in inches: 96 x 24 x 24



About this piece:

Zoonosis evolved as a response to news stories regarding the outbreak of Ebola in Africa, and how the deadly disease likely migrated to humans from monkeys.

Zoonosis is defined as

“Any disease of animals communicable to humans”.

For the piece, I created plant-like (rather than animal-like) forms made of handmade paper and wool as a source, and a loose cluster of open shell/cell-like paper objects suspended above. The red wool fiber crossing the gap between the calla lily-like felted flowers and the cluster of pale river-rock casts – that has begun crawling up and around and into the concave forms – suggests a spreading infection. Beyond this more denotative reading, this piece sparks thoughts about how things spread contrary to intention or expectation: information, ideas, culture, or even humanity itself across the globe – which can also be seen as a kind of terminal infection of the planet.


handmade paper, wire, crocheted wool yarn, wool roving, found natural objects.

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 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 sculptures 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 – Zoonosis

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