Jo Stealey is a nationally recognized artist known for her mixed media sculpture and collages utilizing handmade paper. Though Stealey was originally trained as a ceramicist and weaver, she became interested in basketry and papermaking in the 1980s after taking workshops. She discovered she could incorporate what she loved about weaving and ceramic into a single body of work.
“From my point of view, nature is the source of all life. Man has strayed from living within the balance of the natural world and altered it through technology. The result of this intervention is an imbalance. We have tipped the balance to the point that we are on the brink of environmental destruction. Fittingly, the structures are made of handmade abaca and flax paper, a bi-product from plants, viewed as ethereal yet common and ironically, tough and long lasting." – Jo Stealey