In a culture inundated with virtual communication, correspondence is instantaneous, weightless, and infinite. Aware of the social and material history of paper—a finite resource in generations past—I rely on its texture to re-sensitize me to the weight of written words. I am fascinated by three-dimensional possibilities for paper pulp and its ability to actively capture messages rather than passively display information.
After my father died, I felt the tactile limitations of memories. Flat surfaces no longer appealed to me; two-dimensional memories seemed vacant. Struck by the inability to touch someone after death, and wanting to grasp mortality, I began sculpting pulp while considering the complete life cycle of the material. I experiment with paper pulp: casting, wheat-pasting, giving away, and accumulating layers—either fixed to a substrate or suspended in space.
By using bed sheets to make pulp, I refer to a time period when paper was scarce and valuable. For over four hundred years, European peddlers would travel door-to-door to trade goods for discarded rags that they would bring to mills for paper production. By gathering my materials, my work reflects this resource-driven tradition. Sculpting with the material, I consider absorption, density, and mark-making. Wheat-pasting handmade paper made from bed sheets in public, I temporarily transfer intimate and private moments into public spaces. I hope to bring a deeper appreciation and sense of wonder to often overlooked materials.
Residency: October 2012 - January 2013
Art Exhibition: Friday, January 25, 2013 & Saturday, January 26, 2013