about my art.
The universe in one fold.
I express beauty in my art the way I discover it around me in everyday life: Simple, harmonious and deeply rooted in the spirit. Soul and body as one, paper folding and ink painting will capture this expression in the organic simplicity of its folds and brushstrokes.
One fold, one stoke. The emptiness that contains them in deep harmony. I live my art as creating an expression where there is no separation between the viewer and the object, where the observer is in intimate closeness with what is being contemplated.
When there is no separation, through art you can relate with one’s own inner beauty and harmony and in that connection realize the beauty and harmony in everything else.
Renzuru, which is roughly translated as “consecutive cranes” can be traced back to the Edo period of Japan (1603-1867) and is regarded as one of the most advanced Origami techniques.
This centuries-old Japanese art form is an advanced origami technique that uses a single sheet of paper to fold a series of multiple cranes folded from a single sheet of paper with strategic cuts, all connected to each other through their wings, beak or tails.
The first appearance of renzuru is in a book published in 1797, titled Hiden Senbazuru Orikata (the secret methods of making a thousand conjoined cranes).
“Paula Pietranera has reinvented Renzuru into a highly sophisticated contemporary art form that goes beyond folk art in both style and content.”
Dr. Mark Levy,
Professor Emeritus of Art History,
California State University, East Bay