HEATHERMATTHEW
The Poetry of Water (detail) | 2016

Paper/Song | 2016

Paper/Song is an ode to the joy of making paper, a circular song composed of the sounds created from making paper and the sound/water images these create. 

The Poetry of Water (detail) | 2016

The Poetry of Water (detail) | 2016

Vibrations in water provide the keynote sounds of papermaking. My Visual Arts Honours research project focused on the sounds and images created from the process of papermaking.

 Water became the focus of my investigations. Banana paper was dipped in a vat of indigo dye to create the signature blue of my sound lines.

Water became the focus of my investigations. Banana paper was dipped in a vat of indigo dye to create the signature blue of my sound lines.

Fuse | 2016

Fuse | 2016

Screenprint and indigo dye on banana paper.

This image was created from a mono print of a banana leaf. The central 'fuse' of the leaf features an indigo dyed line, referencing my research into sound lines.

Waterline | 2016

Waterline | 2016

Screenprint and pulp drawing on banana paper. 63 x 43h cm

This work Waterline references the ‘blue marble’ of planet earth and its acoustic soundscapes through the act of making paper. The blue waterline is a sound line of movement, the breath of water. 

Lines of Sound Connect (detail) | 2016

Lines of Sound Connect (detail) | 2016

Collage of screenprint and indigo dyed banana papers, stitched. 43 x 66cm

Fragments of my research were stitched together to create layered paper collages. Each featured indigo dyed lines of sound, the common thread connecting paper making and its process.

Surface Tension: negative silence | 2016

Surface Tension: negative silence | 2016

Collage of screenprint and indigo dyed banana papers, stitched. 43 x 64h cm

Accepted for exhibition in A Feast on Paper Art, Shanghai, Guangzhou, China, 2017.

The tension between soundscapes of the natural world and those of human industry create dissonance, where silence is continually filled by background noise.

Surface Tension: negative silence (detail)

Surface Tension: negative silence (detail)

The image of a raised circular water-mark was created from the sound of vibrations in water, it suggests a world curiously empty yet frenetic with movement.

It is a metaphor for negative silence, a tension between surface noise and the silence that lies beneath.

 My honours research was published in a book of blog posts outlining my weekly experiments in the studio during 2016. It is available at the  Blookup bookstore.

My honours research was published in a book of blog posts outlining my weekly experiments in the studio during 2016. It is available at the Blookup bookstore.