Sunday, August 15, 2010

Primitive Images on handmade paper by Ginny Hogan

Artist Ginny Hogan lives in Santa Fe and learned the ancient art of papermaking when she attended Colorado State University.  Handmade paper is formed from the cellulose fibers of plants.

Hogan explains in a brochure how she works the process: The pulp I make is 100% cotton, beaten in a Hollander.  This I press onto a screen to form sheets.  When dry, I treat the sheets with layers of acrylic paint and add images with acrylic and gouache. The images I use come from rock art painting and pecking, called pictographs and petroglyphs made by native people all over the world.  While no one can decipher the exact meaning of these images, it is commonly believed they were used for shamanic rituals involving healing, hunting, fertility, and protection.

7 comments:

  1. An interesting text along with this art shot this morning. I'm passing your blog along to a fellow artist.

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  2. That is quite a process, but she creates a beautiful work of art.

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  3. These two are great, just my style.

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  4. This is a nice work of art, thanks for explaining us the process.

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  5. That is just so beautiful! I love it, and would be proud to hang that on my walls (among the greyhounds and Johnny Depp!).

    I loved the petroglyphs and pictograms we saw in Utah. Such fun to find them in situ, too.

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