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Heather L. Corey
Paper and its potential as a medium sparked my attention at Moravian College (BA, Art Education). Alongside artist Doug Zucco, I practiced Western and Eastern traditions of papermaking and pulled sheets from cooked vegetable fibers such as cotton, daylily, and hemp. I furthered my discipline at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (MFA) and investigated paper as the subject rather than the surface.
My recent exhibitions and experiences include: Catalog for Tokyo Juried Art Exhibition, Ozu Washi Gallery and Oji Paper Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2009); Dieu Donné Papermill, Inc. Workspace, New York, NY (2008); and Paper Collaboration, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, ME (2007).
As I break down a plant into its fibrous form, I reconstitute its make-up to reflect how I see it in nature.
My botanical bouquets and forms incorporate old papermaking traditions with cast paper sculptures and printmaking techniques. Abaca, a Philippine banana stem fiber, is my fiber of choice because of its versatility. Beating time softens this fiber which creates a pulp that can be cast in low or high relief. Pulp is then layered and impressed to form basic organic shapes. Afterwards, these dried pieces are assembled and painted.
Lace paper and silk flowers are used in an overlay, and stitching is used to enhance interlocking compositions and forms of foliage.
Artists Murray Dessner, Betsy Miraglia, and Doug Zucco have influenced my discovery of the exclusivity of paper. Drawing upon their expertise, I continue to tailor my working practices.