Biophilia: Standing Witness

Can’t wait for this new show at Studio San Guiseppe Art Gallery. There’s always something new and interesting at this place. With Biophilia: Standing Witness, CBAS will recognize some longtime members. Judy Dominic and Peg Rhein both have work in the show.

Studio San Guiseppe describes the exhibition as: “[W]orks from twelve women artists with  unique relationships and creative responses to the cry of the natural world and the knowing that occurs through seeing.” It also features a tribute to Sister Paula Gonzalez, an environmental activist who promoted sustainability for decades.

Peg was nice enough to send some words about her work (photos are also courtesy Peg!):

Every spring in Cincinnati brings more of the “curse” of Lesser Celandine. You might be taken in by the cheerful simple bright yellow flowers dancing in the wind over a carpet of kidney shaped dark green leaves. Hiding underground is a rapidly growing army of tiny bulblets and each plant produces 70+ seeds. It was introduced to our country in the 1800’s and is taking over all of our woodlands and competing out all the native plants that provide food for our indigenous wildlife and insects.

It is impossible to get rid of so I decided to make some paper from the leaves to have something good come from it.

Harvesting a giant bag of just the leaves, washing and cooking them in a solution of water and soda ash for a short time, they cooked down into next to nothing. I only ended up making a few sheets of 100% Lesser Celandine and then slowly added Abaca fiber to the mix until the green was exhausted. The pages of the 4″ x 6″ papers tell the story. The cover is Abaca with cooked Horsetail reeds embedded in the paper during the papermaking process. The wrapper is my handmade linen paper that I crinkled and waxed.