Sky Pape

Sky Pape
Last Name: Pape
First Name: Sky
Country: United States
City: New York
Art Form: Drawing
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Drawing is the mainstay of my creative practice, uniting familiar supplies like paper, ink, graphite and water with techniques that develop from attention to the materials’ inherent physical properties.

I’m intrigued by the possibilities for expanding the vocabulary of drawing as a visual language, and challenging the artistic conventions of well-known substances such as paper, ink, and water.

Nature and art provide a context and means to grasp otherwise inexpressible sensations and states of being, like fear, beauty, wonderment, and decay, which often coexist in opposition. My work involves searching, rather than declaring what I already know – a journey of discovery, with ever-unfolding inquiry transcending the need for didactic conclusions.

During residency fellowships in Italy at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and the Bogliasco Foundation’s Liguria Study Center for the Arts & Humanities, I embarked on an investigation of water as both drawing material and inspiration – medium and muse – a subject that continues to captivate and drive my creative efforts significantly.


Sky Pape is an ardent nature-nerd, culture-hound, and pom-pom waver for creative folks of all stripes. Born in Canada, she lives and works in northernmost Manhattan. Her work is several museum, corporate, and other public and private collections internationally. Pape’s awards and honors include residency fellowships in Italy at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and The Bogliasco Foundation's Liguria Study Center for the Arts & Humanities, as well as grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the E.D. Foundation, and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. Her artwork has been selected by the Art in Embassies Program of the United States Department of State for exhibition in Uruguay, and has been shown internationally since the early 1980s. She is represented by June Kelly Gallery in New York City.


Time Being
Time Being

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 6:00 PM
June Kelly Gallery
166 Mercer Street
New York, United States

Time Being, a challenging exhibition of new work on paper by Sky Pape that she began as a riff on the infinity symbol, in essence the figure 8, and grew into a series that calls for contemplation of transience, continuity and human mortality, will open at the June Kelly Gallery on November 14, 2013. The work will remain on view through December 14. “Thick, primal motifs confront the viewer with enigmatic apertures, barriers, and pathways,” Pape says in a statement on the work. “Arabesques of black ink simultaneously conceal and reveal implicit shapes and ambiguous expanses of decisive color and luminosity. Crossings, continuums and edges serve as existential metaphors, an invitation to reflect upon the flow of life, its dualism and unity. “Universal continuity and our impermanence are bewilderingly and wonderfully connected. Like a path on a Möbius strip, one treads on both sides simply by continuing to move along.” Pape says she works on a large flat surface, on the studio floor indoors or the bare ground outside, the size of the pieces relating to her reach. Black ink is painstakingly applied with homemade brushes and palm fronds, then washed way with water, leaving textures and fine traces that contrast starkly with regions of intense color. “Earthy materials like water, Sumi ink and paper,” says Pape, “convey my connection with the natural world. Water exposes my beginning; the soot, ash, and organic components of the ink disclose my end.” Pape has shown in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, Dyke Industries, Little Rock, Arkansas, Le Cirque du Soleil, Montreal, Canada, and Tiffany & Co. in Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong, China; and Beverly Hills, CA.
Phone: 212-226-1660
Fyer , Fyer!
Starts: Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Ends: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th Street
New York, United States
SIREN Baroque kicks off its third season with Fyer, Fyer!, the first of four concerts exploring the ancient elements, in a special collaboration with the innovative baroque dancers Laura Careless and Marisol Cabrera. The program features blazingly passionate works by Morley, Monteverdi, Rebel, Scarlatti, and Handel, all of which use fire as a metaphor for nature’s wrath, spiritual zeal, lustful ardor, or the terrors of hell. With SIREN Baroque’s “impassioned performances” (Early Music America) accompanied by strikingly seductive choreography, it promises to be an evening to ignite the senses.
Phone: 212-545-8000