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Paper Art Exhibition Explores Illusion, Abstraction, and…Jellyfish

By Lois Linet

Those who appreciated Terry Ann Tomlinson’s captivating exhibition of handmade paper art at Bellas Artes will be delighted to know that she is presenting a new body of work, Dreams of Medusae, an exciting and highly original installation of handmade paper sculpture and abstract drawings.

Medusae, or adult jellyfish, are the oldest known form of animal life. They have existed for over 500 million years and continue to thrive. Terry says that she is inspired by their astonishing beauty and resiliency, and the graceful fluidity of their movement. In this exhibition, elegant handmade paper forms are suspended by monofilament and illuminated with kinetic effects in order to highlight the uniqueness of jellyfish and the magical feeling of calm one might experience when watching them. Accompanying this display is a series of large-scale black and white drawings in which there is a play between illusion and abstraction, between the recognizable and the unfamiliar.

Tomlinson says, “It is a mystery to me where these remembrances come from, but I trust the process and draw what I feel, not what I know.”

Tomlinson came from a background of classical painting and bronze sculpture before she discovered papermaking at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende in 2002. While continuing to master her craft in New York, she learned the Japanese papermaking technique called nagashizuki, which conveys the sensual, translucent, and the ethereal beauty of the paper. As a relatively new medium in the world of fine art, its undiscovered possibilities and challenges are endless. Tomlinson has developed her personal visual vocabulary of symbols, 3D form, and distinctive techniques. In this upcoming show, Tomlinson creates an experience that is sure to leave an impression on the viewer.

The Tomlinson Gallery of Contemporary Handmade Paper Art is located in the heart of the historic center at Terraplén 29. Hidden behind a colonial façade, the dynamic space is a work of art in itself and has been featured in several architectural magazines. This contemporary gallery/home was designed by the artist and mirrors the minimalism and tranquility of her artwork.

Dreams of Medusae will have its opening reception on March 10, 7–9pm. Thereafter, gallery hours are Wednesdays from 11am–3pm until April 11, or by appointment. Phone 152 2616, website:


Art Exhibition

Dreams of Medusae (Jellyfish)

Work from Terry Tomlinson

Sat, Mar 10, 7–9pm

Tomlinson Gallery of Contemporary Handmade Paper Art

Terraplén 29

By appointment: 152 2616


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