Artist’s statement

I started making my own paper in 1980 after an artist stay in San Cataldo, Italy where I made paper at a local workshop. In the following years, I established a professional paper workshop and started my journey into a tradition of communication which crosses the historical and religious boundaries. Discovering the endless possibilities of a plain sheet of handmade paper my artistic expression changed towards three-dimensional objects like books, sculptures and visual arts. I have thousands of paper samples produced by plants from seaweed to horse manure and use them as the primary material in my art and after the closure of my workshop in 2010 I continued my studies on the possibilities for integrating paper with other elements and developed a practice using high-tech elements like LEDs.  I became and am still astonished at the rich options given through the handmade paper and my artistic practice is deeply rooted in this beautiful craft.