Paper Medium

Roma Devanbu
Paper Medium
Acrylic Paint on Cut Paper, 40” x 48", 2020
Zoom Doily - Imagining a Radical/Radial Feminist Future

Roma Devanbu
Zoom Doily - Imagining a Radical/Radial Feminist Future
Acrylic Paint on Cut Paper, 28” x 28”, 2020
Zoom Doily - Radical/Radial Spirits

Roma Devanbu
Zoom Doily - Radical/Radial Spirits
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 30" x 30”, 2020
Zoom Doily - Friday Meeting

Roma Devanbu
Zoom Doily - Friday Meeting
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 40” x 40”, 2020
Silver Revere

Roma Devanbu
Silver Revere
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 36” x 41”, 2020
Interior with Landscape

Roma Devanbu
Interior with Landscape
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 38” x 40.5”, 2020
Meteorites At Rest

Roma Devanbu
Meteorites At Rest
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 27” x 39”, 2020
Yellow Room

Roma Devanbu
Yellow Room
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 24” x 32”, 2020
Akimbo

Roma Devanbu
Akimbo
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 8.5” x 19.25”, 2020
Kitchen Shelf

Roma Devanbu
Kitchen Shelf
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 5” x 7”, 2020
Winter 2020

Roma Devanbu
Winter 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 7.75” x 9.75”, 2020
Tape Dispenser

Roma Devanbu
Tape Dispenser
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 4.75” x 6.75”, 2020
Lamp Light

Roma Devanbu
Lamp Light
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 5” x 7”, 2020
Family Zoom, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Family Zoom, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 8” x 10”, 2020
Some Hope, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Some Hope, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020
Spring Meeting, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Spring Meeting, 2020
Acrylic Paint on Cut Paper, 13” x 15.5”, 2020
Bicoastal Zoom, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Bicoastal Zoom, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020
Before We Get Started, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Before We Get Started, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020
Rainy Day Zoom, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Rainy Day Zoom, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020
Holiday Get Together, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Holiday Get Together, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020
Continuing Education, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Continuing Education, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020
Shared Architecture, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Shared Architecture, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020
Good Question, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Good Question, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020
Good Listeners, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Good Listeners, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020
Same Time Next Week, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Same Time Next Week, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020
Social Justice Zoom, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Social Justice Zoom, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020
Access Zoom, 2020

Roma Devanbu
Access Zoom, 2020
Scissor Cut Paper, Acrylic Paint, 11.5” x 15.5”, 2020

The meaningful and complex relationships that we have with the objects which fill our homes has been a recurring theme in Roma Devanbu’s work for many years.   Months of following strict shelter-at-home protocols have further focused Devanbu’s attention on the domestic devices that serve as mediums of vital connection to the people, places and things beyond the constraints of our physical locations. 

This new body of work includes numerous interpretations of the tech-magic video meetings that have come to dominate our days.  Other works feature objects such as heirlooms and meteorites which link us to places of origin both personal and universal. Several pieces reference the hand tatted doilies of Devanbu’s great grandmothers, Mither and Big Jo.  Big Jo, was understood to be a trance medium, with the ability to communicate with souls in other realms. She was the inspiration for the interactive piece Electronic Medium.

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Electronic Medium

Roma Devanbu has been using paper as a fine art medium for decades. The works in her “Paper Medium” exhibition (all on or made out of paper) reference folk and domestic art traditions, such as the playful and intricate Scherenschnitte (scissor cut) pieces of Hans Christian Anderson and the cool austerity of early American silhouette portraiture.  The works in this show are both poignant and funny, odd and affirming.