Pulped Under Pressure

  • Presented By: Dennos Museum Center
  • Dates: January 19, 2020 - May 24, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Dennos Museum Center
  • Northwestern Michigan College Campus, 1410 College Dr
  • Traverse City, MI 49686
  • Price: $6 for Adults, $4 for Children 17 & Under, Free for Children 3 & Under, Members, NARM & ROAM Members, NMC Students & Faculty, and EBT card holders
  • (231) 995-1055
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  • About

    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, and 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, and 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.