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Pulped Under Pressure

january 19, 2020 — august 13, 2020

Pulped Under PressureWith traditional hand papermaking at its core, PULPED UNDER PRESSURE underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft. Enticed through touch, these works encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge acknowledgement of some of the most pressing issues (environmental crisis to global marginalization) facing civilization today. Each of the artists, Jillian Bruschera, Julia Goodman, Reni Gower, Trisha Oralie Martin, Melissa Potter, Marilyn Propp, Maggie Puckett, starts simply with a foundation of pulp made from natural fibers. Their multifaceted results incorporate a rich range of printmaking, letterpress, papercutting, and installation with a diversity of recycled disposable materials (junk mail, egg cartons, old cotton t-shirts, ripped denim jeans) as well as old bedsheets, beetroot, heirloom plants, and illuminated el wires. In very unique ways, these artists consider paper beyond its most common function as a passive surface of record or craft. Instead, the material is transformed and imbedded with content that turns communication into a public practice. By challenging assumptions, the artists of PULPED UNDER PRESSURE create artworks that are both beautiful and brave.


Pulped Under Pressure: Virtual Chat featuring Reni Gower 
Aired Wednesday, July 8th 10:30 a.m. EST

Pulped Under Pressure: Virtual Chat featuring Melissa Potter
Aired Wednesday, July 15th 10:30 a.m. EST

Pulped Under Pressure: Virtual Chat featuring Marilyn Propp
Aired Wednesday, July 22nd 10:30 a.m. EST