about this piece
I was inspired by the cloud patterns in the swirling pulp during the paper making process and the connection with moisture falling to the earth – like roots, reaching and spreading to the earth, through the earth. The book image becomes a metaphor for the story of the clouds that appear and disappear, connecting with the land in the continual cycles of weather.
Kozo HMP, linen thread
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.