Sulfur Studios and some of Savannah’s most innovative and creative artists will host a collaborative event beginning with an opening reception Friday.
The "Paper Trail" is a collaboration of more than 20 artists from all over the world, including Ireland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom who will contribute to the 23-day long exhibit. Artists from here in Savannah will also contribute to the show.
The art of French national and Savannah resident Axelle Kieffer will be featured, as all of the work on display in the exhibit will be collaborations with other artists. Kieffer’s analog and hand-cut collages have been exhibited in Europe and throughout the U.S., including in Los Angeles and New York City.
The collages on display will include various images and forms similar to collages we see everywhere. The concept of the exhibit is pieces of art shared from all over the world, in most cases piece by piece by mail.
"Since COVID-19 it has been important to use the post office, but it has also been fun," said Kieffer who is the curator of the event. "Sometimes the pieces have been lost in the mail."
The way things have been done, whether in the art world and in the world as a whole, have changed, so the "Paper Trail" exhibit and the art has been created and collected is less obscure and more innovative. Kieffer hopes this gives artists ideas for how to continue showing their work. She compared the once common practice of letter writing to the quicker and more efficient email method of sending messages.
Kieffer doesn’t believe quicker and easier is better. "In the past we wrote letters and now we have lost that type of collaboration with people," she said. "I hope this can give another example of how we can come together."
Artists start a piece and send it to another artist, and so on and so forth. The collaboration being a new way to safely work together during these new and uncertain times. The show was supposed to take place this spring but with all of the changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kieffer decided to change course and Sulfur Studios stepped in to help.
She remains positive that the show will be a success. "It took a long time, we were doing a lot of collaboration with artists around the world," said Kieffer. "Sometimes those collaborations have created real friendships as well.
"I am very excited about the exhibit."
Along with Kieffer, "Paper Trail" will be hosted by local artists Jennifer E. Moss, Sulfur Studios co-founder and award-winning fiber artist, and Emily Earl, a photographer who has her popular photo exhibit "Late Night Polaroids" currently featured at the Jepson Center.
COVID-19 guidelines for the exhibit are similar to what has been taking place around the city with masks being required for entry, and a 10% capacity limit inside of the event space. The space will also be sanitized throughout the evenings of the exhibit.