Roberta Paul’s compositions are inspired by childhood memories. Layers of collage with photocopied images evoke a dreamlike quality. Paul combines original painted images and found images, such as photographs and wallpaper, in her work. The repetition and depth found in each layer give a sense of movement throughout much of Paul’s work. The viewer’s eye moves constantly over the piece and is drawn in by its intricacies and nostalgia. Paul uses a variety of techniques to achieve the depth that is consistent in her work. In some pieces, the artist uses ink and acrylic on carved MDF, a pressed wood. In others, she layers translucent sheets of vellum and paint.
The artist received her MFA in visual arts from the University of North Dakota. She has had a number of solo exhibitions at the Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA, and has also shown at the Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA and the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. She has works in numerous collections, including deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA and North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND.