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Paper Works

Date: 1997

Measurements: 27 high x15 long x 9 wide feet

Description: 'Cascade' here at the Neuberger Museum of Art, New York in the exhibition 'Paper Spaces'. An Installation made in situ from tissue paper supplied by The Kimberly-Clark Corporation as well as a series of other works made, 1992-2000

Material: paper

Provenance: U.S.A.

Exhibition: Neuberger Museum of Art

Notes: The tissue paper material, supplied in 5 foot long rolls was transformed from fragile sheets to marble-like solid forms. The white paper absorbs light and sound, containing strong tactile qualities and an inherent malleability. It is by nature impermanent and perhaps it's beauty lies in it's impermanence and the knowledge that because it won't last, you can't own it. When these works reached the end of their exhibiting lives they were dismantled and returned to the suppliers to be recycled and used for their original intention, as toilet paper. At the time these large installations were made, (1990's) they attracted media attention and critical debate about the use of materials in contemporary art. One critic wrote in response to another: "Any artist who has enraged the London Evening Standards self-appointed arbiter of artistic decency Brian Sewell is a friend of mine. Susan Stockwell's sensuous pile-ups of toilet tissue have predictably sent him into paroxysms of fake disgust. Here she moulds the paper into elegant block sculptures. Forget the raw bog-roll material, feel the delicacy, the almost tremulous sensitivity of touch." - Bob Clark, The Guardian (6/1/96).

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