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My artwork is an exploration of scarcity.
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, wheatpasting, giving
away, and accumulating layers -- either fixed to a substrate or suspended in
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. Wheatpasting 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
- Residency Period: October 2012 - January 2013
- Art Show: Friday, January 25, 2013 & Saturday, January 26, 2013