We’re celebrating the subtlety of spring by highlighting the soft, yet resilient mediums of handmade paper and glass of Priscilla Robinson.
Nature and earth elements are Priscilla Robinson’s muses. She distills her subjects down to their essential shapes of circles, rectangles and triangles. Rhythm is achieved through dynamic combinations and forms that add new dimension to these shapes.
Robinson makes textured paper for her creations from plant fibers. For some creations, she beats the fibers for an extended time to make a crisp semi-translucent paper; for others she beats the fibers minimally so they retain a more puffy absorbency.
The artist forms the paper onto objects chosen for their shapes and textures or applies textures to the top surface of the paper. A vacuum table compresses the paper and sucks away excess water. When the embossed paper is dry, she applies layers of thinned acrylic paint, glazes, and other surfaces to the paper structure until the entire sheet is saturated with pigment. She shapes the paper into space-filling structures, sometimes by applying elements to their backs, sometimes by affixing them to panels or grids.