This month’s exhibit at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts features displays provided by husband and wife Jim Perry and Hetty Baiz of Lake Carey.
Although the two work in different mediums, Perry and Baiz actually employ similar techniques in creating their works.
Baiz contribution to the exhibit is titled ‘Animals,’ and features painting and prints. But what makes them so unusual is that instead of using paint, Baiz applies small pieces of paper to canvas, creating extremely lifelike pictures in the process.
“I like to make large-scale animals from pieces of torn paper on canvas,” Baiz explained. “I collect paper from Africa and Asia. I also hand paint paper. I buy paper and make paper.”
Baiz tears the paper into small pieces, gluing them to the canvas to create an image.
“I also scrape the surface. Sometimes I burn it with a blow torch.”
The only time she uses paint, Baiz said, is when she spatters the background, giving it some color.
The pictures Baiz creates are extremely large, giving one a panoramic view of her subjects. Among some of the larger items on display include a bison, a condor and a hawk.
“It basically comes from my love of nature,” Baiz explained. “It’s also my concern for the depletion of the environment. All these animals have an individualization - and identity of sorts.”
Baiz said she’s been interested in art all her life. Her mother, Elizabeth Baiz, was an artist, and Baiz said she was always able to draw or paint while growing up.
It was during a trip to Tibet that Baiz became interested in creating pictures with torn pieces of paper. She said she spotted paper with such beautiful designs she decided to buy some of it. When she got home, Baiz said, she tearing it into small pieces and applying it to a surface to make a design.
“I also making collages,” she said.
By contrast Perry’s work on display at the exhibit is several pieces of wood sculpture. However, like his wife, Perry uses smaller pieces - in this case wood - to create a large piece of sculpture.
“I work on it layer by layer,” Perry explained. “I cut pieces at different angles to produce the curves of the piece.”
Each of Perry’s pieces is an abstract, made of mahogany, with titles like Totem No. 8, Currents, and courante.
“People ask if they can touch them, and I tell them sure. I encourage it,” he said.
In addition to wood sculpture, Perry also likes to make furniture, because he enjoys making things with his hands.
“I like the abstract form,” he explained. “I take my inspiration from nature. Such as flight trajectories, or the forms you find inside seashells. So it’s created from mathematics, but it’s also organic at the same time.”
This is the first time Baiz and Perry have had their works displayed at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts.
“I love it. This is quite a nice place,” Baiz said.