My working methods seek out innovative ways to create, while minimizing disruption of the environment. I work extensively with plant matter and integrate my knowledge of Botany with the Visual Arts. All my work is handmade from renewable fibers that are sustainable and fast growing, making it environmentally friendly. The emphasis on nature and its preservation is conveyed through the use of natural materials. Making paper by hand and using natural dyes in my work, refer to the preservation of material resources and processes.
–– Lata Gedala
Lata Gedala is a visual artist and a hand papermaker. Her concern for the environment encourages her to practice sustainable form of art making. This includes using plant materials for making paper and adopting non-toxic printmaking methods.
Lata Gedala was born and raised in India, where travel and nature were central to her formative years. She has a Bachelor’s in Science with an emphasis in Botany & Zoology, and after emigrating earned an Associate's Degree in Visual Arts with highest honors at Westchester Community College, NY. She completed a BFA with highest honors at Southwest School of Art with an emphasis in hand paper-making, photography and printmaking.
Lata’s work is in private collections and has been exhibited in juried shows in New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, and Florence, Italy. She is a member of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) and North American Hand Papermakers.