Rhonda Nelson

Paper is my fibre of choice. A practice in printmaking led me into paper making and an exploration of the qualities of paper. I came to realise that paper can be pushed far beyond our usual expectations. It is full of contradictions – used for both shopping lists and precious records of our achievements and histories.  It can be weak, strong, opaque, transparent, absorbent or repellant. My work plays with these characteristics and contrasts.

My practice is driven by process, materiality, experimentation and reflection.  The themes that dominate are the natural environment, climate change and the impacts of these on our moods. I explore patterns inspired by nature, marks left by the passage of time and natural materials, though sometimes it is simply about a sense of joy and playfulness.