Every picture is a story, and every story is a song, and every song has a rhythm. My work tries to encompass those thoughts. I use paper of my own manufacture to create art works of cast, inlaid and collaged papers and special paper for unique prints. On large flat surfaces my work evolves as I combine different pigmented fibers such as abaca and kozo, with traditional Western fibers of cotton and flax.
My notions of symbols we use for communication or landscape abstraction are both played out through my fascination with the distinct personalities of specific papermaking fibers, especially the way they reflect light differently. By taking advantage of these inherent qualities of paper, I build pieces that entertain change as well as tell a story.
John Babcock began making paper forty years ago, first making paper for his embossed intaglio prints, by 1975 for the paper object itself. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern art in New York, the Louvre at the Museum of Art Décoratifs in Paris, The Albright Knox Gallery and many of the major Art Museums in the United States and Europe.
He is recognized worldwide as a pioneer of the paper art movement in the United States and Europe. His work was shown in the first papermaking show in the United States in “The Hand made Paper Object at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art , 1976, and “Papermaking USA” at the American Craft Museum in New York, the first national paper exhibition. John continues to show his paper works recently in Paper Global, Museen der Stadt Deggendorf, Deggendorf, Germany and locally in It’s in the Pulp: The Art of Papermaking in Santa Cruz, at the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
His work is in many public and private collections throughout the United States including The Museum of Art and Design in New York.