In the Studio July 2020 Midnight Moon, a new edition is finally complete! Midnight Moon editioning began in March, while it was still cold in the studio. Here it is July, and the prints are now complete. The project starts with handmade mulberry paper (kozo) that has gaps between the fibers. When the washi is made the fibers swirl in suspension. When the washi is dried and colored, it looks like a deep night sky filled with stars. Each print in the edition of 32 is hand-painted using indigo & ultramarine blue pigments. When painting, my studio floor becomes a huge palette. I love the variations in the blues. Each piece is unique due to the handmade process. After the printing and gluing each print, they are backed with another handmade paper to strengthen the work and add a contrasting color to the blues. I make all the crescent moons and its penumbra by hand. The final step is to assemble all the parts, and dry the prints. When I spread out the completed prints on my floor, I look for any finishing touches before signing each print. A sea of prints covers the studio floor. Phosphorescent pigments add a […]
“Crescent Glow” is the title of the print edition which I created for the NY Print Club membership. It was unveiled in NY in November 2017. The print is a silkscreen on mulberry washi with a handmade luminescent moon which was adhered to each print which makes each print unique. The crescent moon has a glowing presence at night. The studio I worked at in Kyoto was originally a yuzen kimono dying factory, which was designed to hold two lengths of 13 meter kimono fabric.
“Sarah Brayer: Luminosity” opens November 2-14 in London, sponsored by Hanga Ten. The exhibit is at Gallery 8, St James’s, London. Artist opening reception: November 8th, 6-9 pm. Recent paperworks and prints will be on display. I will be giving 2 gallery talks on Nov 9th, at 12:30 pm, and Nov 10th at 18:30. All are welcome.
“Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer” included a special gallery for the LUMINOSITY series at the Castellani Art Museum. Watch as the phosphorescent poured paperworks reveal themselves in shifting light. Viewers enter a darkened gallery as a special soundtrack created by Steve Greene began. Viewers witnessed shifts in mind and perception during a 10 minute cycle of light, art and sound.
Castellani Art Museum, October 26, 2014, speaking about the 18 works on view at “Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer”
Oceanic Moon, a 5-panel luminescent paperwork has found a new home in the Johnson Museum of Art’s permanent collection in Ithaca, New York. As the first work in the Luminosity series to enter a museum collection, it is a fulfillment of my dream to take Luminosity to public spaces. More news about the installation to follow…
“Sea of Clouds,” (50 x 50 cm) is my latest editioned print. I have developed a new way of embedding the aquatint image between washi fibers as if the clouds were drifting through the piece. The washi and print are integrated into one. Each piece is slightly different due to the hand pouring of the washi fibers onto the screen. The print was published in April 2012 in an edition of 35.