January 2018


Handmade Paper Drawings and Books by Steph Rue

Invocation (n.): the summoning of a deity or the supernatural.

Closing reception
First Friday, February 2
6 to 9pm
artist talk at 6-6:30pm.

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Interdisciplinary artist Steph Rue presents a series of drawings and books, exploring contemplative prayer practices in the Christian tradition. Through papermaking, letterpress printing, repetitive mark-making, weaving, sewing, and collage, the experience of prayer is captured in the process of making and viewing the work. Drawings on paper were formed by hand out of gampi or kozo fibers using the Japanese method of papermaking called nagashizuki.

Invocation was made during the Spring of 2014 in Iowa City, Iowa, where Steph completed her MFA in book arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Steph’s work explores themes of spirituality and ritual, combining book arts, printmaking, papermaking, and fiber arts. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be viewed at stephrue.com.