The Matter of Tides, a Paper Installation at Sprout Gallery

Exhibitions, News

For the month of August, I was invited to install a site-specific papermaking installation at Sprout Gallery. Sprout is a cool co-working space, located in Rising Sun Mills in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Matter of Tides is an immersive art installation of handmade paper, inspired by shoreline detritus and plant ecologies of the Narragansett Bay.

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The Mind’s Eye: Natural Places in Paper, a Community Public Art Project

Exhibitions, News, Workshops

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.

Ebb and Flow: An Exhibition of Hand Papermaking and Installation by Megan Singleton and May Babcock

Exhibitions, Projects

 

This past fall, I was happy to work with my friend and artist Megan Singleton on a hand papermaking exhibition, which included two new collaborative works. Ebb and Flow was on display at the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association in Springfield, IL from September to October 2016.

May Babcock, handmade paper, papermaking artist

Installation at Paperworks Pop-Up Gallery in Providence

Exhibitions

In or around the Providence, Rhode Island this January? I’m happy to announce an installation of new papermaking artwork at the Paperworks downtown storefront.

On view are 6 handmade paper works. Each has a portion of previously made works (ranging from cast pulp prints, silkscreen prints, seaweed books, river mud books) embedded in transparent abaca fiber.

More interesting, in this alternative space, it was exciting to view these as 2-sided works. Depending on the lighting and time of day, these paper pieces transform dramatically. I’m still planning on stopping by a few more times to see how they change!

May Babcock - Artist - Paper Installation

{this is ourselves} Under Pressure

Exhibitions

Once a year during the fall time, you’ll find me traveling to the annual conference of Friends of Dard Hunter, an organization connecting anyone interested in hand papermaking. Located in San Francisco for 2014, I was proud to be participating artist in the Member’s Exhibition: {this is ourselves} Under Pressure, curated by Anne Beck of Lost Coast Culture Machine.

Land Studies: paper art by May Babcock

Land Studies: New Work by May Babcock

Exhibitions, News, Projects

I’m happy to announce my latest show, Land Studies, a solo exhibition of  my new papermaking work at the AS220 Project Space Gallery in Providence. It’s my first Rhode Island art show! Take a look at my new pulp paintings and  sculptural papermaking installations based on sites around Rhode Island and coastal New England.

Elevator Projects: Fluxswitch

Exhibitions

The local art scene in Baton Rouge is getting noticeably more exciting!

Elevator Projects is an art collective that holds “pop-up” experimental art exhibitions. It was started by a group of LSU graduate art students who saw a need for more open platforms for art in the community.

More about Elevator Projects in this article, and Facebook here. The most recent exhibition is Fluxswitch, in which I installed collaborative paper work in. Keep scrolling down for photos from the opening night.

Uncharted Territories: A Printscape

Exhibitions, News

As promised, here are photos of the art installations shown in Uncharted Territories: A Printscape, which was part of this past SGC International Printmaking Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana. This exhibition features emerging artists in South Louisiana, working in printmaking, handmade paper art, fiber art, video, sculpture and more. Enjoy!