Night Drift, 1986

Joan Sterrenburg
(American, born 1941)

Location: Washington State Patrol - District IV Headquarters, Spokane, Spokane


Night Drift is an abstract collage created by artist Joan Sterrenburg. She constructed the composition from 810 individual sheets of handmade paper. She folded the papers into trapezoids to enhance the texture and pattern of the surface. She notes, "The image of the piece is influenced by my fascination with the rhythmic movements of Nighthawks flying across the darkening sky as evening becomes night."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Washington State Patrol Shared Collection.


Indiana-based artist Joan Sterrenburg creates handmade paper and textile artworks. She served as professor at the School of Fine Arts, Indiana University in Bloomington from 1970 until her retirement in 2004. She founded and directed the Indiana University Handmade Paper Facility from 1979-1989. Born in Chicago, She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1963. She received a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1964, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. Her artworks are held in over 40 collections, including the American Craft Museum in New York City.

Material CategorySculpture - mixed media
MediumHandmade paper, pigments, mylar, and mica
Dimensions3 ft 10 in x 6 ft 10 1/2 in
ID NumberWSAC1989.018.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationFlorida, United States
Location Information
AgencyWashington State Patrol
Artwork LocationWashington State Patrol - District IV Headquarters, Spokane
WA CountySpokane
Site TypeState Agency
Address6403 W Rowand Rd.
Spokane, WA 99224
Geo. Coordinates47.623163 | -117.501865
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