About Paula Billups
Paula Billups is an interdisciplinary artist with an international studio practice spanning over twenty years. She chiefly works in the media of painting, installation, artist book building, collage, and writing. She works and lives in Massachusetts and in the ether.
Ms. Billups' recent collage work shows her meditation on those fragments rescued from public spaces whose ephemeral stories are lost or obscured by the passage of time. In presenting these fragments, she asks the viewer to come to terms with the idea that not all things are knowable.
Her recent paintings rejoice in the beauty of small and common subjects: her aim is to study and present these via the conscious brushwork of the macchioli, or "little patches" approach in her alla-prima works in oil.
Her upcoming book, Penelope Unweaving, tells the story of her studio practice in 2017, during which she wove and unwove on an ancient Greek-style loom, followed in the footsteps of the mythical Queen Penelope, and documented her experiences and the lessons she learned from the project.
Who Is Paula Billups?
Ms. Billups is an American fine artist whose practice is rooted in figurative training at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut. From this traditionalist background, she developed an interdisciplinary art practice, which she further developed at the Transart Institute in Berlin, earning her MFA in 2012. In 2021, she began online studies in curatorial practices at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich and at the Berlin Art Institute. She continues to entangle traditional media, new media, studio-based research, contemporary theory, and writing in her studio practice, crossing the lines between the classical and the new.