Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Julia Goodman recently wrapped up her official residency time at Creativity Explored. During Goodman's residency, CE artists were intrigued by her process and materials. For many of the artists, this was their first exposure to papermaking and such intricate woodcarving. The artists were delighted with the range of colors Goodman worked with. It was fun explaining to the artists that different color pulps were the result of pulping different color bedsheets and t-shirts, like the ones they were wearing. No additional pigments were added. Gradient colors were created by mixing different colors in the blender. There were many jokes going around about what flavor smoothies Goodman was making that day. During her residency Goodman completed a series of studies all using her woodcarving. Currently she is continuing to work on this project back in her own studio in Oakland.
For the collaborative portion of her residency, Goodman worked one on one with a number of the artists to introduce them to papermaking and suggesting ways to incorporate it into their own practice. Loren King and Peter Cordova were particularly enchanted by the papermaking process and excited about collaborating with Goodman, whom they have both known since 2008. Goodman says,"Working with pulp is playful and challenging. Even without ideal equipment and spcae, this media works well here. In a way we are building on the artists already existing relationship with ceramics in terms of working from wet to dry with low risk materials. You can mess up, focus on the process and enjoy experimenting."
Goodman has been a fan of Loren King’s work since they first met. She was fascinated by King’s recent transition from his more figurative work filled with big smiles, bright colors and animals to the more abstract “brain maps.” King, building upon his longstanding relationships with the Creativity Explored instructors and staff, uses his quality of line and sense of color to create abstract images of the inside of specific people’s brains. King was thrilled when Goodman suggested they collaborate to create “brain maps” together in handmade paper. Working with King was a special opportunity for Goodman to watch King carefully consider the colors, lines and compositions that depict specific people’s brains. In total they created 7 brain maps: Giles, Pilar, Paul, Eric, Victor, Julia and Loren. Goodman and King have dreams of working together again and maybe even on a larger scale!
Peter Cordova and Visual Arts Instructor Kelley Kerslake also collaborated with Goodman. Cordova and Kerslake were already experimenting with making panels with previously donated handmade paper to attach to sculptural works that reference teepees. They asked Goodman if she could help them create paper panels for their sculptures. After a few rounds of experiments, the team was excited about pieces of paper they created each piece was two layers of paper with twine and Peter’s drawings laminated in between. The twine was both functional and aesthetic. When the paper was dry, the paper could easily be attached to the structures. Cordova was thrilled to see his drawings showing from within the paper and fully incorporated into the structures.
To wrap up Goodman's residency, Goodman, King and Cordova all did an artists talk together. They laid their work out in the studio for all of the CE artists and staff to see. Each of them took turns speaking into the microphone describing their finished work, making paper and collaborating. It was particularly fun for everyone to see brain maps next to the correlating person. The rest of the CE community was extremely supportive and encouraging of the new work, and Goodman, King and Cordova were clearly thrilled to work together and proud of the new art. It was a beautiful day in the studio.
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