The Miami Project – A New Art Fair – December 4-9, 2012

I will have works in a new art fair, The Miami Project, with Rena Bransten Gallery from December 4-9. The Miami Project has sponsorship from Miami MOCA and I will show five cut paper works. If you are in or visiting Miami next week, please stop by and check it out.

The Miami Project with Rena Bransten Gallery, December 4-9, 2012

The Miami Project with Rena Bransten Gallery, December 4-9, 2012

Here are the works that will be in The Miami Project:

Bovey Lee, "Lifting Clouds", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Lifting Clouds”, 2012

Bovey Lee, "Pulling Seashells", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Pulling Seashells”, 2012

Bovey Lee, "Vase I", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Vase I”, 2012

Bovey Lee, "Vase I", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Vase I”, 2012

Bovey Lee, "Power", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Power”, 2006

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Is Rice Paper Made of Rice?

I use Chinese rice paper exclusively in my work. But is rice paper really made of rice?

It is a simple question with a complicated answer. In fact, to make it even more confusing, rice paper is called “Xuan” paper in Chinese and it is not made of rice.

Mulberry Tree

Mulberry Tree

Qintan Tree

After some research, asked around, and compare notes, apparently there are many types of rice paper and they can also be made with mulberry tree and bamboo. But the best Xuan paper is from Anhui’s Jing County in China where they use the fibers from the Qintan tree bark or Pteroceltis tatarinowii, a common species of elm in that area.

Mulberry and qintan tree barks grow back again and again, while bamboo is a sustainable/renewable source.

The rice/Xuan paper made in China is not machine-pressed but hand-made. The hand-made process is sustainable. Because I use rice paper so much, it is great that both the material and process used are eco-friendly.

Top quality rice paper enjoys longevity and is beautifully uniformed in texture, color, and thickness (thinness really). The translucency and absorbency are also very consistent. It is soft yet substantial to the touch, never powdery or flimsy.

I am still researching this and will post more when there’s new information.