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Sky Pape

Drawn to Nature
Glyndor Gallery | April 2June 16, 2013

Pictured above:
Untitled (Image 9443)
(detail), 2011
Water and Sumi ink on handmade hanji paper
31" x 58"

Sky Pape’s drawings, the focus of her practice, are based on her experience of nature. Pape uses traditional drawing materials: ink on handmade paper. Her methods of mark making, however, are more idiosyncratic and derive from her fascination with water as both a source of inspiration and collaborator. In her energetic drawing process, she uses her own breath to move ink on the paper, exposes some drawings to the elements, and uses palm fronds to trace elegant lines in the ink. Her recent series, on view here, was made during a residency at the Bogliasco Foundation’s Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Pape’s work has been exhibited nationwide, most recently at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Grand Rapids, MI, and the Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem, NY. She has also had solo shows at Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY; June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY; Yellow Box Gallery, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; and Curtis Gallery, New Canaan Library, New Canaan, CT. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has studied at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada; Parsons School of Design; and The Art Students League of New York. 

Untitled (Image 9443), 2011
Water and Sumi ink on handmade hanji paper
31” x 58” 

Untitled (Image 4587), 2011
Water and Sumi ink on handmade kozo paper
25" x 38 ½"

Untitled (Image 5463), 2010
Water and Sumi ink on handmade kozo paper
25” x 30 ½”

Untitled (Image 3972), 2010
Water and Sumi ink on handmade kozo paper
30 ½” x 25”

All images courtesy of the artist.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.