MA in Fine Art - Food For Worms
My MA project was concerned with soil’s crucial ability to lock in carbon, its role in tackling climate change.
I walked, I collected soil, I produced paper on my Perpetual Papermaking Machine.
The machine was the vehicle that brought me and the collected soil data together in a collaborative process.
Each component of the machine and paper formed a closed-loop system: wastepaper and card soaked in water, paper pulp created, sheets of Soiled Paper formed, water drained, collected, filtered and reused, and finally the paper is fed to my worms who lock in the carbon. The cycle continues.
This was the physical manifestation of my engagement with the climate emergency, my impotence embodied in paper, a partial answer to the question “What can I do?”.
The papermaking from waste became part of practice and informs what i do from now on. I have barely begun, there's still so much work to do, conversations and collaborations adding the dialogue around climate change, ART IS part of the solution.