Constructions are a gathering, binding and combining of sheets of collected fiber and river muds to form whole objects and installations. The wet, artist-made paper is dried and formed according to its own characteristics, and peering through the side of the ream, one can see the crevices and caves formed by the cockled paper.
This body of work originates as a technical exploration of materials found in landscapes, including agricultural waste, invasive plant species, and incorporation of river mud into recycled paper scrap. Each Construction is created to discover how these materials behave, and their possibilities and limits when processed into handmade paper. Shapes echo levee slopes, drapery, and present layers of material. Books are now generally mass-produced, but time and care was put into making these sculptural objects.
Seekonk River Mud Constructions
Installation of handmade paper sculpture made from Providence river mud and recycled papers, 30 objects at 16” x 8” each, 2013
Material studies of Phragmites australis (Common Reed), an invasive plant species common throughout North America. The handmade paper sheets are pressed together and allowed to dry organically into book-like sculptures.
Constructions of Invasive Plants of Coastal Rhode Island
Handmade Paper from Phragmites Australis, Japanese Knotweed, and Codium Fragile – 2014 - A variable installation of 15 book constructions