•October 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment
I recently spent a couple of days in Echizen, Japan, which is a village dedicated to the fine art of hand-made paper. I knew it was going to be tough making a large sheet of kozo paper – I have only made small sheets in my own studio – and my gruff non-English speaking sensei definitely put this gaijin through the paces.
Making kozo washi (hand-made Japanese paper) in the paper-making village of Echizan
Anxious to show that I wasn’t a lazy Westerner I worked hard to prove myself in the short time available. I was grateful for my recent weight training as I raked a large wooden frame back and forth through the pup-laden vat. Next was the art of using a large wooden stick to “slice” through the pulp to further separate the fibers.
Me and my sensei (teacher). He was a bit harsh at first, but eventually mellowed.
Without language to help my understanding of the process my best guide was to replicate the sound that this stick made as it struck the bottom of the vat. My first few attempts resulted in pulp-laden water spraying over me and other objects in the path. I knew it was going to be difficult to form a sheet this large, and it was. I made about 50 attempts before I produced anything that was worth saving.
I’m extracting air from the bubbles that formed on the wet washi.
I’m grateful to Rina Aoki for a wonderful time touring several different types of washi studios – including that of National Living Treasure Ichibei Iwano IX. I have a more profound appreciation of washi and the people that make it.
•June 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Photos from opening night. The show runs May 31 – July 6.
•April 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment
“Selections” - Featuring works by Paula Castillo, Alison Keogh, Peter Ogilvie, Paula Roland, Judy Tuwaletstiwa and Marcia Weese will be open from April 26 – May 25 at the William Siegal Gallery
•January 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Wind Calligraphy at White Sands, NM
photos by robert j. mang
•November 7, 2012 • 3 Comments
I am excited to announce that I am now being represented by William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. I’ll be exhibiting at a show of new works in 2013.
•November 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment
After a search I found Wolfgang Laib’s stone brahmanda which he had sculpted in the early ‘70’s. It was relegated to a nondescript area of the cemetery and is currently in the midst of a building site as repairs are being undertaken at the Mevlani Museum. Two powerful mentors in one location!
•November 7, 2012 • 1 Comment
I spent the month of September at this wonderful residency in Spain. The group of 8 international artists consisted of writers, visual artists, and a poet. It was an unforgettable experience on many levels and allowed some new work to emerge. The Wind Calligraphy performance work, which was beautifully documented by Corina Gertz, a German photographer and fellow resident, is an important piece which came into existence during the residency.
A grande muchas gracias to Beatrice (the president) Marie Laure (director), Dinah and all the staff at FV, including my fellow artists who all contributed to the experience.