Bonnie Ferrill Roman
Handmade Paper Installation & Sculpture, and Digital Photographic Collage
News & Recent Events
My work is part of Narrative Threads, a traveling exhibition curated by Alicia Bailey, curator/gallerist of Denver-based Abecedarian Artists’ Books.
The work featured above; “Zoonosis,” was part of the exhibition in September 2018 at the Art Gym in Denver.
“Narrative Threads” features works that utilize visible threads/fibers in addition to or instead of the strictly structural/functional use of threads found in traditional book binding. Regardless of physical scale, this form of interactive sculpture invites the reader/viewer in for a tactile, hands-on experience that is engagingly intimate.
Works such as these are appealing in their hand-mindedness and interactivity. Even the works not meant to be handled tempt the viewer to touch their surfaces, enlivened as they are by the sewn line and texturally dynamic fibers. Selected works include those in which the presented narrative may take a backseat to the tactile invitations extended by color, texture and physical loveliness, alongside those in which the use of the materials is supportive of the narrative on which the work is based.
We Make Our Own Wings
My newest interactive installation; "Coalescing," was part of the three-person exhibition "We Make Our Own Wings", curated by gallery owner Laura Krudener around the theme of transcendence. Up-and-coming fiber painter Emma Balder and nationally-respected sculptor Yoshitomo Saito were the other two artists showing in the exhibition.
Viewers were invited to sit inside the center of the installation, to enjoy the experience of being surrounded by the piece. The chair could spin to allow viewers to rotate themselves within it. The view above is what a participant would see looking up from their seat within the work.
ATC | DEN Gallery and event space
3420 Larimer Street (in the RiNo Arts District)
On January 21, 2017, history was made when over two million people joined women and sister marches in more than five hundred US cities and around the world. During the marches, the color pink created a strong visual statement representing unity and empowerment. Curated by Anna Kaye, Pink Progression is a series of exhibitions of work by over forty local artists (including me) who incorporate this hue as it reflects manifestations of personal, social, and gender connections.
Pink Progression has been comprised (so far) of three separate exhibitions at different venues in 2018. Each exhibition was unique, featuring different artworks by participating artists at each venue.
The piece I created at the Denver Art Museum was on display in the gallery on the 7th floor of the Main Branch of the Denver Public Library. A similar piece from late 2017, Contagion, was shown in the Boulder Public Library's Canyon Gallery in February and March, and my newest wall work, titled Ripening, was part of the exhibition at the Center For Visual Arts, that closed August 18th, 2018.
As part of these exhibitions, I also presented short talks at the Denver Art Museum and the Center for Visual Art.
Coming in the summer of 2020, Pink Progression re-emerges, this time as an entire exhibition of collaborative artworks incorporating the work of around 100 artists! I will be collaborating on an installation with mixed-media artist Judy Gardner. We will be creating a piece that combines my handmade paper and fiber works with Judy’s 3-D printed objects to create an immersive installation at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities.
For more information, or to explore the list of participating artists and their websites,
visit the Pink Progression website.
THANK YOU, Denver Art Museum!
What a wonderful honor to have been featured in the Denver Art Museum (DAM) Studio during the final week of January 2018! During Final Friday, and most of the day Saturday and Sunday, I was the Artist In Residence in the DAM 3D Studio working on my latest artwork and talking with visitors about my process and work as part of the DAM's Weekend Artist Demonstrations program!
Several of my artworks were hanging in the window of the DAM Studio for the week, and I was interviewed for a feature on the DAM Blog, where I spoke about my then-upcoming visit and my artwork.
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share my work and process with so many visitors over the weekend - Thank you to everyone who came to watch and chat, and maybe learn something new!
Watch the video at the top of this page for more information.