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Barbara A Landes
Madison WI US
Updated: 2021-05-29 07:44:42


I have been making paper and using it in my work for almost 20 years. I have collaborated with my husband, Paul Sullivan, a sculptor, occasionally in the past. Since 2015, we've been a team full time. The pieces shown here are our work. If you'd like to see my solo work, please go to

We are in Madison, Wisconsin. Our work grows out of our handmade papers and our studio experiments and tribulations with paper fibers. Other materials come in to complement and literally to support the paper such as insulation foam board, wood and heavy wire. Please go to for more.                 

Our works are colorful, gestural sculptures of handmade paper that twist, wrap, bind, drape and hang. Varying in size from intimate to overlife. We want animated forms that will not sit back quietly but intrude on the viewers space demanding attention.

Cotton casts hold texture and form well. Thick sheets of cotton fold easily, hold a shape and will even stand. Sheets of abaca shrink and bind elements together. The part that dries around the object shows a form fitting smoothness while loose parts dry to a leathery, shriveled jerky.

Whether entirely of paper or mixed with other materials, we see our works as cobbled-together meditations on regeneration and the fragility of life.