Rugged shapes and rich earth tones set in pulp fill the gallery in CATALUNYA. Sures’ inspiration for this series in colored pulp was Spain’s multi-peaked mountain range, Montserrat. Five of her large-scale works and 20 smaller, embossed pieces are on view at Pyramid Atlantic.
Sures created this series oversees during an artist residency. She prepped her materials in the US and shipped them to Europe before she even considered the mountain range as a source of inspiration. “Montserrat is a gigantic, imposing, animated presence. I was aware of Montserrat in that vaguest of ways, but was unprepared for the happenstance of driving by it with my Catalonian host,” shared Sures.
That happenstance resulted in 5 large scale pieces made in Catalonia from Sures’ different vantage points at the foot of the mountain. After those were complete, she traversed the mountain range further by car and foot, leading to an additional 20 smaller embossed pulp paintings. “I was able to carry the mountain out of Catalonia with me.”
Working in pulp is relatively rare, but Sures has been doing it for over 25 years. Pulp painting involves pigmenting paper pulp and then painting with it on a wet base of handmade paper. In the case of the works in CATALUNYA, this process creates a very rich, thick physical presence apropos to the subject matter.
Sures was able to make this work with the support of Museu Molì Paperer de Capellades, Spain and The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD.
Lynn Sures creates multi-media works that examine geology, physics and the origins of humans. She holds a National Museum of Natural History Research Associate fellowship in drawing; was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) in Kenya (2016); and was a US State Department American Artist Abroad in Sri Lanka (2006). Sures has held residencies at the Museu Molì Paperer de Capellades, Spain; The Pittman/Corcoran Residency at San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and the Press at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, NM. Her work is in public and private collections including the US Department of State; US Library of Congress; Yale University; Schomburg Collection, New York Public Library; Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, Fabriano, Italy; R.C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA; and Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt. She is Professor Emerita of Art and Design of the Corcoran College of Art & Design (now George Washington University, DC). She lives and works in Maryland. In winter 2023-4, Radical Paper: Art and Invention with Colored Pulp, by Lynn Sures and Michelle Samour will be published by The Legacy Press.