With 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.
Jillian Bruschera, Julia Goodman, Reni Gower, Trisha Oralie Martin, Melissa Potter, Marilyn Propp, Maggie Puckett
Exhibition co-curated by Reni Gower & Melissa Potter
Friday, August 4, 2023, 6:00-8:00pm EST
FREE Virtual Artist Talks
Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 8:00-9:00pm EST
In the first of three virtual artists talks for Pulped Under Pressure we hear from the co-curators Reni Gower and Melissa Potter. We also learn about Seeds InService: A Papermaking Institute, an ecofeminist, socially-engaged art practice by Maggie Puckett and Melissa Potter that supports self-determining communities through heirloom seed management, thematic gardening, and hand papermaking arts activism.
Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 8:00-9:00pm EST
In the second of three Pulped Under Pressure virtual artists talks for we hear from Julia Goodman (based in Oakland) and Trisha Oralie Martin (based in Chicago) discussing how social memory and cultural identity play a major role in each of their works.
Wednesday, July 12, 2023, 8:00-9:00pm EST
In the third and final virtual artists talks for Pulped Under Pressure we hear from Jillian Bruschera (based in California) and Marilyn Propp (based in Chicago) as each discusses references to the impact, implications, and consequences of waste in their works.