Marie Sturken

Artist Statement

Like many contemporary artists, I find the low-tech aspect of making paper by hand, of natural fibers, a very attractive medium. Because of its organic nature, it has become my primary focus for conveying my ideas. In Shinto ceremonies paper is used as a sacred material and is a symbol of purity and spiritual significance, there may be a bit of reverence in the way paper artists work with the pulp.
My recent works, created at Dieu Donne Papermill in New York, reflect my interest in fabric and yarn, and include embedded stitched gossamer Japanese papers and silk organza shaped with an incense burner. I also use transferred , printed words and images of the tools of needlework, Humble and ordinary, they are transformed through a series of processes which give them new life and meaning.
My fascination with the kimomo shape has taken many forms, most recently in both handmade paper and monotype, and I use the limitless possibilities of the form as a vehicle for creative expression and exploration.