Mary Uthuppuru & Andrea Peterson – The Butterfly, the Flying Fish, and the Hurricane

FOBA 2021 Juried Exhibition

Completed 2021
Editions: 15
Dimensions: 12.5” x 12.5” x 1”
Materials: handmade paper with pulp imaging, linocuts, pochoir, foil stamped text, leather
Artists reside in LaPorte, Indiana

A fable is a telling tale of possible events — a chance occurrence of unlikely characters. The outcome provides details of phenomena.

As our world spins on its axis eons flow by; creatures come into existence and pass into extinction. Our time on the planet has set many events into motion. As the planet heats, larger reoccurring storm surges become a regular pattern that can be traced from industrial development. This is a modern tale spurred on by the extinction of Xerces Blue butterfly. This butterfly was declared extinct in the 1940s due to loss of habitat from urban development.

This piece is a collaboration between Andrea Peterson, of Hook Pottery Paper, and Mary Uthuppuru, of Spring Leaf Press.

Mary Uthuppuru (Bloomington, Indiana)

Mary Uthuppuru creates artist books, bindings, boxes, and prints inspired by science, literature, and nature. With an emphasis on play and exploration, her work often features woodblock prints, paste papers, drawn and painted elements, and occasionally electronics. Mary is a book artist and book binder working under the name Spring Leaf Press at her home studio in Bloomington, Indiana. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is collected nationally. 

Andrea Peterson (LaPorte, Indiana)

Andrea Peterson is an artist and educator. She lives and creates work in northwest Indiana at Hook Pottery Paper, a studio and gallery co-owned with her husband. She combines paper arts, printmaking and book arts to make works that address human relationship to the environment. She teaches and lectures internationally: San Francisco Center for the Book, School of the Art Institute – Chicago, Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH, University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy, Penland School of Crafts, Krasl Art Center, St Joseph, MI. She is a 2014/15 recipient of an IAC grant. She is collected by many including The Metropolitan Museum of NYC.