Size: 10"w X 18"h X 8"d
Medium: Recycled polyester, cotton shoddy, hand cast paper.
Size: 10"w X 18"h X 7"d
Medium: Recycled polyester, mixed shoddy fibers, hand cast paper.
Size: 12"w X 19"h X 9"d
Medium: Hand tufted cotton fibers, recycled shoddy, hand cast paper.
POLLY PINK SHODDY TUFTS
I am a mixed media artist working in two and three dimensions with a passion for fiber and paper. I studied papermaking in Philadelphia with Bobbie Lippman at at the Tockington Paper Studios and with Winnie Radalon at Rittenhouse Town. During the early 1990’s I had a solo exhibition of my pulp paintings and large hand made paper collages at the Esther Klein Gallery which was in West Philadelphia.
Life took over my art production for many years and I returned to painting and sculpture upon retiring from the Division Education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Hand-cast paper is what I use to create the structure for many of my abstract environmental sculptures. The simple, ovoid, convex shape used in my wall hung pieces came to be because I found a number of plastic display cases that are reminiscent of the shape of the human face, or mask, but also symbolic of a place of growth such as a womb or pod. Density, Tufts, Poly-Pink and Shoddy are all made from cotton pulp embellished with silk cocoons, threads, and repurposed or recycled fibers. The surface that paper provides is light, strong and absorbent forming a tight bond with the other fibers and glues.
I am a member of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists, the 3rd Street Gallery on Second Street in Old City Philadelphia, Philadelphia Sculptors and the Assemblage Artists Collective.
My MA in Art Education is from the University of the Arts with a major in painting.
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