The coffeehouse is currently featuring paper mache work by Los Angeles artist Ulla Anobile. Anobile’s paper maché/fiber work is inspired by such folk art forms as the mask, the doll, the totem and the altar. Her ideas come from dreams, mythology and folklore, as well as from childhood summers spent in the unspoiled Finnish countryside. Her work often emphasizes the spiritual aspect of nature.
She forms and then paints her paper maché pieces with acrylics and often embellishes them with cross-stitching and other kinds of embroidery on burlap and felt; skills learned in the traditional (no longer existent) school for girls she attended in her native Finland.
Her sculptural masks have been included in reviews of contemporary mask making at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska, The Clymer Museum in Ellensburg WA, Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts, the City of Los Angeles World Airports Exhibition Program and Pierce College, CA. She was invited to make a one-of-a-kind ornament for the White House Blue Room 1999 holiday tree.
She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States as well as in England and Finland. Ulla, a former journalist, was born in Helsinki, Finland. She has lived in Los Angeles since 1975.
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