When Sandra Hansen became an Eco artist in 2014 she began painting about environmental issues. She then moved to creating art from plastic bags.  Sandra wanted to become more environmentally sound in her art practice. In 2015 she fell in love with the magic of creating something translucent from leaves and bark. Handmade paper is completely environmentally sound and can be absolutely gorgeous. Its rich texture and its delicate gauzy effects are amazing. Paper has the ability to bring alive the horrendous problems of water pollution simply by putting plastic bags into the pulp. Paper is exceedingly versital as well and can be used in many multimedia objects and hangings. 

Sometimes a series of unfortunate accidents creates a beautiful piece of art. In this case the iris paper came off of the mold in ragged pieces.  I combined them with another sheet of paper that also had not fared well with some bits and pieces of marbled paper and pasted and ripped and drew on it until a beautiful piece of art emerged from the ruins.

Japanese Gampi, Iris Paper, ink, acrylic, found objects

82 x 34 in.


Yellow Moon River

Sandra Hansen, MFA