ELLEN MEARS KENNEDY

My work comes to life during the process. ~E. M. K.

 

Ellen Mears Kennedy's artwork is constructed of hundreds of double-sided papers, all hand-made in her studio from the pigmented pulp of abaca and cotton. Her paper has two sides, each displaying a unique shade. When the paper is folded, the two colors show against each other. The geometry of intersecting color patterns is softened by the texture of each paper's deckled edge and made fluid by the viewers' movement.

 

Each completed art work contains hundreds of folded pieces of paper in graduate sizes and colors.

Mears Kennedy received her MFA from the University of Michigan, studied with Peggy Prentiss at Haystack in Maine and apprenticed at the Pyramid Atlantic Studio in Baltimore, MD. She has received a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, has been shown at the Smithsonian as well as countless group and solo exhibitions around the United States.

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