A timeline of processed layers

Dust to Dust (Paper Core Sample),
Recycled Paper, various soils (incl.
red and brown clay, ash, charcoal, silt)
and debris, flax.
Individual Sheets: 30 cm x 30 cm,
height: variable.
Catherine Scriven, 2007 - 08

With contributions from Chris, David, Gary, Janet, Jon, Margaret, Martin, Susan and Toby.

Papermaking: paper core sample - a timeline of processed layers:

I am intrigued by the significance given by Cornelia Parker, Andy Goldsworthy and Arte Povera artists to ‘materials’ used within their work. I experimented with mud and grit, intending to embed the archaeological site into paper. This led to papermaking, thus recycling paper that was earmarked for disposal, either from domestic or corporate sources; representing various endeavours of humankind, such as finance, education, faith and music. Archaeologists refer to their activity as interpreting the rubbish from previous generations. The various soils used to colour the paper were also part of the spoils of the site, the rubbish from the archaeological process. Paper itself is transient. Recycling this rubbish is a way of investigating the significance of seemingly insignificant discarded material. It also questions the responsibility we have towards future generations, sustainability, and the legacy of our rubbish. The layers of paper are like a core sample of the site, the deposited layers of time, one millimetre corresponding to each year of the past.

To view the installation view at the Hungate Dig Site Building click the following link: http://catherine-scriven.blogspot.com/2008/01/installation-at-hungate-dig.html

The texture and inclusions of the paper are very tactile and varied. The colour is subtly different in each batch of papers. For me the dense layers where there is less gap between the sheets is still the most attactive. So this really spurred me on to make a book for the Book from Book project for Leeds.

1 comment:

Naomi said...

The books look absolutely beautiful...they make me want to pick them up...very tactile!