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The Walls were paper thin

Wall Installation


 The Walls were Paper thin

Wall Installation
”The Mansion Project”
Paul Robeson Gallery
Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

Curated by Anonda Bell, this group exhibition addressed the Mansion in Newark NJ, its rich history and current dilapidated state. I was invited to participate and created a wall installation for the exhibition. The piece consists of a wood frame constructed to replicate the exact floor plan of the mansion. It is filled with thousands of strips of paper creating a wall effect. In the 19th century and earlier, people would use anything they could get their hands on to create installation in their structures’ walls, including paper and horsehair. Recycling was a natural process motivated by lack of resources and the belief that all materials could be used and used again. This work addresses early ideas of consumerism, resourcefulness and how, like the mansion itself, those ideas have become outmoded today.


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