Blackstone Watershed Papers

Blackstone Watershed Papers is a temporal installation in downtown Pawtucket, Rhode Island that explores place through the medium of papermaking and cyanotype—both historical industrial technologies and contemporary handcrafts. The artist-made papers are made of invasive pondweed and plants that impact local waterways, and each contact print uses the actual plants as silhouettes.

Cyanotype is a historical photographic process that was most famously used in 1853 by Anna Atkins to study and record plants. Parallel to this technological development, Pawtucket was becoming the birthplace of the American industrial revolution. This project reflects upon connections between these histories, local plant ecologies, and the important role of the Blackstone River in the shaping of the local landscape.

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Blackstone Watershed Papers, cyanotype on artist-made paper from water chestnut (trapa natans), Japanese knotweed (fallopia japonica), abaca, 6 at 3ft diameter, 2018.

September - October 12 2018

 

400 Main St, Pawtucket, RI - Machines with Magnets

286 Main St, Pawtucket RI - Pawtucket School Department Administration

274 Main St, Pawtucket, RI - Pawtucket Downtown Parking Garage

23 Broad St, Pawtucket, RI - McDevitt Building

120 High St, Pawtucket, RI - Cape Verdean American Community Development

137 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket RI - Pawtucket City Hall Gallery - *indoors