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Art at the Nexus

of Wax and Joomchi

PJ Bergin – Studio 126

PJ Bergin is passionate about creating artwork from natural materials that transform interior spaces.  Recently, PJ began to develop the “joomchi” technique, an ancient art form from Korea, using mulberry paper.  The mulberry paper (hanji) can be hand formed into 3-dimensional, sculptural objects and intricate wall pieces when water is applied. This exploration of texture and 3 dimensional qualities is essential to PJ’s artwork and its visual presence.

“When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.”

~Keith Haring

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“We celebrate the mulberry paper pieces. They are provocative and beautiful. We are fans!”

THE POWER OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK

 

In today’s world, how can we create an environment that will help us achieve our goals both personal and professional?

Original artwork can be used as a key element to develop this type of creative space. Art is no longer a symbol of status, but a tool to inspire. By having artwork in our environment, we are able to see the world from a different outlook as the artist created his vision. This interpretation can help us approach our daily life and its challenges in a new, more creative way. From this perspective, innovative thinking is developed.

One of my goals for the artwork you will see here is that each time a person walks by one of the Joomchi pieces mounted on the beeswax surface, there will be something new to “catch the eye”. Whether it is the way a beam of light falls on a certain fold in the hanji paper or how it creates a new shadow not seen earlier that day, there is a renewed interest. Art can be the inspiration for us to feel the same sense of renewal as we solve problems and create solutions in our daily lives.

PJ BERGIN STUDIO 126

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING

 

PJ IS IN THE STUDIO EVERY DAY CREATING NEW WORK
Feel free to visit the studio to watch the Joomchi process using mulberry paper.

Send PJ an email or give her a call at 719-221-3840 to set up an appointment.

Studio 126
126 1/2 F Street
Salida, CO 81201

STUDIO 126

In the Heart of the Creative District
126 1/2 F Street, Salida, CO 81201

719-221-3840
pj@pjbergin.com

PJ FEATURED IN PAPER CONNECTION

 

I’m honored to be the featured artist in the recent Paper Connection newsletter. The owner, Lauren, and her staff are committed to preserving traditional hand paper-making and are a vital resource for artists like me. I’m grateful for their support and belief in my artwork.

Enjoy the full interview, with photos.

  • More than just seen, art is experienced

    I was lucky enough to spend five days in Manhattan recently, during which I was filled with visions of artwork I’d previously seen only in books or on the computer screen. Each night, falling asleep, my mind was awash in color, patterns, color and more......

  • PJ’s artwork praised by peers

    I’m honored to be the featured artist in the recent Paper Connection newsletter. The owner, Lauren, and her staff are committed to preserving traditional hand paper-making and are a vital resource for artists like me. I’m grateful for their support and belief in my artwork.......

  • Lessons of nature

    Last week was an intense time in the studio. I challenged myself by hosting an opening for guests to the Salon at the end of the week. This prompted a flurry of activity, including using a new technique to finish several new artworks that combine......