June 4 - July 30, 2015
Paper sculptural forms
inspired by the rich tones, textures, and forms of the natural world
Deeply rooted in the Midwest,
my world is rolling hills, woodlands, creeks, and fields where beauty is found,
not in grand vistas but within arm’s reach. My inspiration comes from the rich
tones, textures, and forms of the natural world. Although I admire and appreciate the garden
in its entirety, I treasure the seedpod and pebble found on the path. Observing
at arm’s length or even closer, I focus on detail, connections, striations,
patterns, and the play of light and shadow.
In the same way, I enjoy
creating sculptural forms, but find creating the tactile surface with highly
textured handmade paper most gratifying. Enhancing the play of light and shadow
of the surface with layers of color is magical.
My earliest art work using
handmade paper explored textured papers and their edges, investigating with the
way light and shadow identifies the raised, indented, and wrinkled
surface. Twenty-five years later, I am still creating surfaces, which
allow light to dance over impressed textures creating highlights and
shadows. Recognizing a subtle shift in
my thinking – from “sculptural basketry” to “sculptural forms with openings”—
this change in approach opened new opportunities, as the forms were no longer
“required” to have an opening at the top or to stand up straight.
To learn more about Leandra and her work, visit bearcreekpaperworks.com.