At Dieu Donné, Kreider spent his days in the studio with Studio Director Megan Moorhouse executing a series of cast paper “milk crates.” The process involved casting pigmented cotton pulp to form the grid-like portions of the crate and then couching a translucent sheet of (sometimes pigmented) abaca on the back of the grid. The pieces were pressed, taken out of the mold, and air-dried, taking advantage of the fiber shrinkage and causing each side of the crate to puff out. The result is a series of pairs and trios of empty, stacked paper milk crates whose sides appear to swell as if brimming with their contents.
In addition to these works, Kreider also completed a series of two-dimensional pieces utilizing a watermarked abaca fingerprint image, couched onto pigmented cotton substrates in various color combinations to illuminate the image. A few of these watermarks were also pulled in plain white cotton paper, referencing the tradition of watermarking the paper with the Mill’s logo or mark to identify the maker.
Born and raised in Lancaster, PA, Peter Kreider received a BFA from the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art.
Workspace Program artist-in-residence 2002