An artist from Richland, Washington, who creates paper art is featured in an upcoming exhibit at Betty Feves Memorial Gallery.
Marie Noorani presents “How It Looks on Paper” with an opening reception Thursday, Feb. 14 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The gallery is located in Pioneer Hall at Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 N.W. Carden Ave., Pendleton. There is no admission charge.
Noorani both creates and destroys as she takes apart and reassembles to make each piece.
“I thoughtfully create paper from natural fibers, recycled material, and small organic matter,” Noorani said. “Then, I destroy it. I spray it with ink, soak it in wax, tear it by hand, and cut it with razors.”
The artist then subjects the artwork to heat, holds it under weights and pierces it with wires. Although moved by the inherent fragility and vulnerability of the medium, Noorani then compassionately and imperfectly reassembles the parts into her own ironically beautiful Frankenstein, she said.
Noorani has exhibited nationally and internationally and has work in the permanent collection at Columbia Basin College. She also recently received an award at the AMATERAS Paper Arts Festival at the Royal Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.
“How it Looks on Paper” runs through March 14. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, contact gallery director Lori Sams at 541-278-5952, email@example.com or visit www.bluecc.edu/community/feves-art-gallery. For the artist’s website, go to www.marienoorani.com.