Sanding Belts

 By chance in 2012, I came across used sanding belts whose shape and texture intrigued me. I began transforming them into folded sculptures and relief paintings. The used belts, in a variety of sizes, contain marks made by the wood during the sanding process. Their patterns often guide my composition. I draw with resin wood and raw earth, still in its rock form, directly on the belts. I also apply ground earth pigments mixed with gum arabic (sap from the acacia tree) as a binder. In some of the works, I incorporate turmeric and shilajit (Ayurveda medicine) as well as beeswax and handmade Nepali paper.

37″ sanding Belts, beeswax, earth colors, rope/twine

7 & 11 inch. sanding belts

Earth colors & oil crayon

Bellingham Studio