Theresa Harsma, “Landscape Formation I”

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Artist: Theresa Harsma (Owatonna, MN)

Title: Landscape Formation I (2013)

Medium/technique(s): deconstructed shareholders annual report, paste paper, waxed linen,  Pages from the report were layered to form a thicker sheet, backed with paste paper made by the artist, these sheets were stitched into a sculptural form in a coptic stitch variation with waxed linen

Dimensions: 13″h x 28″w x 26″d

Artist Statement:

This piece is made from a deconstructed shareholders annual report. The spine was cut off and individual pages were layered with a polymer medium/ water mixture to form a thicker sheet. These papers naturally wrinkled and were painted with layers of acrylic paint and polymer medium. The text is still visible through the paint. Sheets of paste paper made by the artist were glued to the back of these. The sheets were then stitched into a sculptural form with waxed linen using a coptic stitch variation.

Our economy rises and falls, sinks or swims, based on these abstract numbers neatly arranged in reports like these.  A bible, if you will, of our economic state. I have rearranged these into organic forms using the colors of earth, water and fire suggesting a new economy based on our natural world by which we all truly sink or swim.