Year: 2012

Terra Nova: Accolades for the Book

Terra Nova Cover

It has already been a bit over a year since the ground breaking show, “Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads” opened at the Racine Art Museum.  The show received lots of positive attention and brought many visitors to the museum over the course of its run.   One year later, the accompanying volume, “Terra Nova: Polymer at the Crossroads”, designed by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever and his team at Dever Designs has won a



Here is some new work from Rachel Gourley. What is intriguing in this series is Gourley’s juxtaposition of polymer components and nature.  Her concept, which is realized through a photograph, explores the idea of what is real and what is not.  Has nature morphed into something strange and new or are portions of the composition something else all together?   Being removed from reality, via the window of the photographic picture plane, only serves to enhance the illusion.



At the PAA , we occasionally hear from readers with requests for specific images from our archival stash of “eye candy.” Recently one of those inquiries revealed a gap in our historical smorgasbord of offerings.

Animal Magnetism: Polymer as part of the pack


July and August bring the “dog days” of summer.   The original reference was celestial and was related to when the Dog Star, Sirius, within the constellation Canis Major, was at its brightest.   Perhaps some still think of summer that way, but the Racine Art Museum is currently exhibiting two shows that focus on all kinds of animal imagery -including dogs- from their permanent collection.  

New Growth: Jasmyne Graybill

Jasmyne Graybill crusted muffin cream fungus

It is always good to discover artists doing exciting things with polymer. Jasmyne Graybill’s work is part of a recent article by Monica Moses, “Fungus Among Us” in the August/September 2012 issue of American Craft.  While not the most appealing topic, albeit relevant for our current hot summer months, Graybill uses polymer to mimic mold, lichen and fungi growing unchecked on  what are mostly common household objects.