Recently, I finished a public art project that involved nearly 200 Rhode Island seniors and CareLink staff members in the creation of handmade paper books.
The Mind’s Eye: Natural Places in Paper was created in honor of CareLink’s 20th Anniversary. Inspired by natural places, this project used paper pulp made from local plants to create circular book pages—25 books that are 20 pages long. Residents and staff were asked to think of outdoor places they have been, and something they enjoyed about their natural place, and create ‘paper pulp paintings’ and writings in response. Their memory was as simple as the ocean water surface, trees in full bloom, or the perfect blue sky.
I led groups of participants, at 22 different sites, through a hands-on papermaking workshops, where they learned how to make their own pulp painting. Pulp paintings are artworks that are made entirely of paper, by applying different colored pulps.
Once the paper was dry, I printed their writings on select pages, and hand-bound the papers into the books. The books are suspended, and displayed in a modular, portable format, allowing the artwork to be displayed in many locations and spaces. This mobile public artwork is also interactive—viewers are invited to lift the pages to read the writings and view the pulp paintings.
The Mind’s Eye: Natural Places in Paper, 25 Books each with 20 handmade paper pulp paintings, with paper fiber made from from linen rag, cotton, Japanese knotweed, Codium fragile, and corn husk. Each book 7 in. x ¼ in. Installation approx. 7ft x 2ft x 6ft. 2017
One Step at a Time, Pawtucket Times, July 2017
The Creative Process on Display, Woonsocket Call, 2017
CareLink Celebrates 20 Years Helping Rhode Island Elderly, Johnston Sunrise, 2017
20 Years of Linking Elder Care Resources, Rhody Beat, 2017