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Kiss the Earth ( with your feet) | 2017 & 2018

Installation for Responsive Paper, IAPMA congress - Paper: Conscience and Consciousness, Sofia, Bulgaria. May 2018.

Installation for Caring For Country exhibition, The Centre, Beaudesert Queensland. August 2017.

 

 

Kiss the Earth (with your feet) 2018

Kiss the Earth (with your feet) 2018

Installation for Responsive Paper, IAPMA congress - Paper: Conscience and Consciousness, Sofia, Bulgaria. May 2018.

This is an interactive installation of paper paths laid on the floor on which people walk barefoot. These paper paths were previously installed in Australia and resonate with the imprint of those who've walked the path before. Torn paths have been mended with tape, but are resilient. Paper reveals its strength and responsiveness to human touch.

By transporting this installation to Bulgaria, the paper paths become a bridge between cultures showing that we all walk this one earth together.

Kiss the Earth (with your feet) 2017

Kiss the Earth (with your feet) 2017

Installation at Caring for Country exhibition, The Centre, Beaudesert, QLD. August 2017.

These paper paths invite you to experience an intimate connection to country, by ‘kissing’ the earth with your feet. The paper is handmade from banana plant fibre which has the appearance of translucent fragility yet is quite strong and like the earth responds to our touch.

Caring for Country exhibition installation view

Caring for Country exhibition installation view

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

A young Shaolin monk learns the precepts of Buddhist teachings and is told by his Master "When you can walk the rice paper without tearing it, then your steps will not be heard." [1] To tread lightly on this earth has become the mantra of the ecological movement, and is embedded in the teachings of indigenous communities around the world.

To care for country, we must practice to tread lightly, to pay attention to our interactions with the environment. As a paper artist I am inspired to use the fragility and strength of handmade paper as a metaphor for resilience and a hopeful future. 

 

 

[1] From the telemovie Kung Fu by Ed Spielman (1972)

 http://www.kungfu-guide.com/pilot.html