PAPERSCAPES by RHODA K BAKER
My Dad gave me a book on my twelfth birthday called 'Creating with Paper.' It investigates every aspect of paper art, and is still today an invaluable source of inspiration for me. This fantastic book set me off exploring the possibilities of paper in 3D and it has remained a passion ever since.
I studied textiles,at the Royal College of Art in London, where the technically complex structures of weaving, combined with my paper obsession has become a dominant influence in my work.
I use paper to create three dimensional contour maps of pattern and structure, exploring ideas about rhythm, sequence, repetition, light and space. My work is systematic, but can also be spontaneous and intuitive, and all the more fascinating because it is created from the most modest of materials.
For my structures I mostly use thick watercolour paper (535gsm) which is tremendously versatile with amazing qualities and remarkable strength and flexibility.
I use manual techniques of measuring and cutting with very sharp scalpel blades and metal rulers.
My 'Paperscapes' are predominatly white, mounted on timber panels with multiple coats of paint and protective varnish or sometimes framed under glass.
Illuminating from a light source at an oblique angle to the surface provides valuable information on the surface topography.
My ideas are constantly moving on and I feel compelled to explore new techniques and media. Recently I have been creating large abstract drawings with pen and ink, experimenting in printmaking, and making wearable paper art!