Fall colors in BAYarts' gallery
"Paper and Printed Landscapes," an exhibition by artist Carmen Romine, reflects the natural pigments and textures found in nature. The exhibit, on view now through Nov. 4 in BAYarts' Sullivan Family Gallery in the Fuller House reflects the warm fall colors now surrounding us in the park.
Growing up in rural Medina, Romine finds inspiration from natural surroundings such as simple shapes of soil lines in a field, water currents, and the natural pigments in wildflowers. She creates abstract landscapes from paper and botanical materials by using a variety of fiber art methods. The compositions range from atmospheric prints to sculptural pieces that become accumulative, rhythmic, drifting and ultimately dream-like.
“I view these creations as metaphorical landscapes that emphasize the ephemeral beauty in nature and question humanity’s relationship with its changing environment,” Romine explained.
A graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art, Romine's practice focuses on concepts of sustainability and developing methods of artmaking inspired by the process in traditional fiber art. In 2020, Romine was selected as one of the 10 participating artists for the “Paper Routes: Women to Watch” exhibition held in the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery – an exhibition in partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Her work has been collected by various businesses and residential clients throughout Northeast Ohio. In addition to her practice, she makes handmade books through her craft business known as, “Tree Fibers,” and occasionally teaches fiber and book art workshops.
The Sullivan Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.; or by appointment.
Karen Petkovic, BAYarts Artistic Director