I'm intrigued by how materials transform because of saturation, density and opacity, in chemical combinations, with heat and pressure, and especially visually from context and distance. This current work expands on my experiments with patina processes and plant dying on Thai papers. I use steel, copper, and bronze filings which transform to blues, greens, and of course rust. Plant materials turn from black and various earth tones to brilliant greens and yellows.
The addition of dyes and paint glazes, glass microspheres, beads, twigs, eggshells, and stuff that's off the ground or the studio floor creates a density of texture. This begins the process of seeing into and finding a relationship to the kind of spaces and places that are resting within each image.
Working with thread has become an essential drawing tool for me. Arabesques, zig zags, and circuitous lines of thread, are sewn into the paper or pinned and adhered to the surface. I often work on both sides of the paper, bleaching, washing, drying and ironing before attaching work to a panel.
These images reflect and cultivate inner calm, insight and an optimistic vision. I hope you find these places within your own heart, to feel ease and joy in the midst of our crazy abundantly informative world.
Lisa Nelson Raabe