This Humble Contagion

⊛  This Humble Contagion  
⊛  cut paper + washi + chiyogami / wood  
⊛  10 x 7 in • 255 x 180 mm

What could that be, I wonder, drifting into the brain of the shiny golden larval-seed-pod-person?

If it's just pollen, s/he is having a much better reaction to it than I usually do. Whatever it is, it seems to have had an invigorating... and enlightening effect. And considering those exhaled wisps, it just might be spreading.

One of the weirder aspect of working in cut-paper is that, in some ways, I'm at the mercy of the paper makers.

Alot of the colors and patterns that I've been using for the past year or so are no longer available. This season, it seems that brighter and more primary colors are popular. My color schemes have had to adapt. On the one hand, I miss the old papers and my familiar tricks and combinations. On the other, it's always exciting to experiment with the new, and it keeps the work fresh.

This Humble Contagion, by the way, is the first of the new pieces that will be featured in Gallery 1988 San Francisco's Battle Royal group show, starting next Friday, June 26th 2009.