Kansas City Magazine, June 1996, p. 13

Kansas City Magazine - June 1996
Jean Van Harlingen Stands poised ona catwalk, pouring pale orange and qcqua paper pulp onto a screen table one story below. She adds "spice" to her concoction - gold mica, which creates an iridescent effect. Finally, she squirts black pigment from a turkey baster, and the process is complete. Although the creation of Harlingen's paper pulp artworks is something like baking with art, her techniques are literally making history. "Shat interestes me about Jean's work," says Mark J. Spencer, curator for the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri, "is that it has not only a strong sense of composition and color, but it is also very interesting from the technical point of papermaking. A rare case where the aesthetic and the technique combine very well" "Her work is primarily abstract, beautifully colored and wonderfully textured - a lot of warmth." says Sherry Leedy, co-owner of the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center Gallery. "Jean is a very committed and hard-working, serious artist." Harlingen's award-winning works have been exhibited in 7 countries and 19 states, including Kansas City, Missouri at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In May she visited St. Louis as the guest of the prestigious Laumeier Sculpture Park to create an outdoor site installation. Her favorite outdoor idioms: bright paper pulp on trees, stones "painted" in symbolic formation and twisted vines accented with cobweb-like pulp. Perhaps most impressive of all, Harlingen was commissioned to create works for the marble palace of the Crown Prince of Burnei. History is indeed in the making. "I definitely think museums will acquire her work." Spencer concludes "In fact, my guess is that her work will be talked about in texts on the subject of the history of papermaking."

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