Exhibition: Hand Papermaking
While making paper by hand dates back to China ca. 105 C.E., the practice has only been used as a form of artistic expression in its own right for past century. Dard Hunter is considered a leading 20th-century authority on the craft of handmade paper after his publication of Old Papermaking (1923) and Papermaking by Hand in America (1950), in which he prepared every aspect of each book himself.
Inspired by Dard Hunter’s legacy and by the more recent socially engaged work of artists such as Eric Avery and John Risseeuw, Drew Matott co-founded two ongoing projects, Combat Paper in 2007 and Peace Paper in 2011. Combat Paper uses papermaking processes as a way for U.S. veterans to share their personal stories through pulping their military uniforms. Since its inception, thousands of veterans have participated in the project, and four permanent studios have been established across the country. Peace Paper is a collaboration among artists, activists, and therapists who use traditional hand papermaking as a form of art therapy, social advocacy, and creative expression. The project has worked with over twenty thousand individuals and has established forty collaborating studios from the United Kingdom to Poland, Turkey, Iran, and Ukraine.
St. Pauli Paper, the European base of Peace Paper, was formed in 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. Jana Schumacher, a fine artist and co-founder of the studio, focuses on using handmade paper in her own drawings and site-specific installations. She also leads workshops at low-income schools and refugee centers in the region. For the exhibition at St. Lawrence University, Drew and Jana invited eleven fine artists from Hamburg to work with handmade paper for the first time to explore its creative potential.
New works by eleven German artists, including sculptural works and installations, are featured in the exhibition, along with artworks created through Combat Paper and the Peace Paper Project and artworks selected from St. Lawrence University’s permanent collection.
Drew Matott and Jana Schumacher, artists-in-residence, will be on campus September 4-8.
On Monday, September 4, at 4:30 pm, the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery will present a Poetry for Peace event in the gallery. On of the artists in the papermaking exhibition, Ben Aleshire, will also read a poem. The reading will be followed by a reception with the exhibition curators, Drew Matott and Jana Schumacher, and other local papermakers.
All events are free and open to the public. Please join us!
Gallery hours are: Monday-Thursday 12-8 pn, Friday-Saturday 12-5 pm. The hallway gallery is open from 7 am-11 pm daily. For more information, please see the gallery's web page.