USM Art Galleries Gorham and Portland

Glickman Library Pulped Under Pressure Opening Reception

September 12, 2022
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Portland campus, Glickman Library, 7th Floor Great Reading Room
An image of a print of two green overlapping circles. A turtle is swimmimg on the bottom half.

Our exhibition Pulped Under Pressure has TWO venues! Join us for the opening reception for this exhibition at the Glickman Library in our 7th Floor Great Reading Room. This opening coincides with the reception for the Summer Book Arts Exhibition, put on by the Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts.

With traditional hand papermaking at its core, PULPED UNDER PRESSURE underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft. Enticed through touch, these works encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge acknowledgment of some of the most pressing issues (environmental crisis to global marginalization) facing civilization today. Each of the artists, Jillian Bruschera, Julia Goodman, Reni Gower, Trisha Oralie Martin, Melissa Potter, Marilyn Propp, Maggie Puckett, starts simply with a foundation of pulp made from natural fibers. Their multifaceted results incorporate a rich range of printmaking, letterpress, papercutting, and installation with a diversity of recycled disposable materials (junk mail, egg cartons, old cotton t-shirts, ripped denim jeans) as well as old bedsheets, beetroot, heirloom plants, and illuminated el wires. In very unique ways, these artists consider paper beyond its most common function as a passive surface of record or craft. Instead, the material is transformed and embedded with content that turns communication into a public practice. By challenging assumptions, the artists of PULPED UNDER PRESSURE create artworks that are both beautiful and brave. 

Don't miss the opening of this exciting traveling exhibition!

Image: Marilyn Propp, Ghost Divers, 2014. Relief print on handmade cotton paper with pulp painting, 9 ¾ x 16 ⅛ in.

Contact Information

Kat Zagaria Buckley