'Cascade' here shown at the Neuberger Museum of Art, New York in the exhibition 'Paper Spaces'. This Installation was made in situ from tissue paper supplied by The Kimberly-Clark Corporation as were other paper works made in this series (1992-2000).
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 its 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. 'Bullet' see exhibition 'Here: Artists Interventions at The Aldrich Museum' consisted of 20 sheets of paper shot 15 times to create light tunnels that the viewer could look into.
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. The Guardian critic, Bob Clark wrote in response to Brian Sewell's rantings:
"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.
Measurements: 27 high x15 long x 9 wide feet