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Spring 2020


HexWeb, Skin, Honeycomb, Kozo, Weaving, Tapestry, Performance Art, Art


In my mixed media sculptures, I have been exploring the isolated relationship of each viewer with their individual environment, and how that relates to the viewer’s personal relationship with nature. I bring traditional weaving, paper, and sculptural practices into the modern light of a world affected by climate change and abstract it in order to add to the ongoing dialogue about the environment.

I found that kozo, a mulberry bark fiber, had the most exciting history with heavily prominent roots in papermaking. Kozo consists of long fibers that can create a strong, thin paper most commonly used as washi (Japanese paper). It takes a lot of time to prepare and involves many steps such as cooking and beating.

In my current work, I have been upcycling honeycomb structured cardboard that was donated to the WWU Art and Art History Department called HexWeb® honeycomb. I cut it up into various sizes and shapes and dip these in kozo pulp. Once dry, I weave the pieces into a continuous tapestry type structure.

After creating the large structure, I spend some time photographing and filming the piece in different places I occupy, evoking my isolated relationship with this work. It’s becoming an extension of myself, my second “skin” protecting me from the outside world, particularly during the chaotic current time of COVID-19. It can be a nest or a shelter and, utilizing the work now as a performance, I can reconnect myself to the natural world.

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Environment (Art); Social isolation; Skin in art; Performance art; Paper mulberry; Wearable art


student projects; kozo (fiber); cardboard; resin-coated paper; wearable art




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HexWeb, Skin, Honeycomb, Kozo, Weaving, Tapestry, Performance Art, Art