Holding My Own

In order to make the paper in Holding My Own I crumpled each sheet of double gelatin-sized paper and held it within a walnut dye bath: the dark brown lines imbedded in each sheet are drawings of each hold. In addition to the lines in the paper created with my hands, I also folded it like maps are folded before I dyed it. The drawings on the surface of the paper are shapes and shadows that are what I remember from places I have been captured in photographs taken of me or by me. Making these drawings of imagery from my memories on paper that I made to look like maps was a way for me to understand and hold many small things in one place. In turn, I was able to navigate how they all fit together into the larger narrative of my life.

Curtains/Floor
Curtains/Floor

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

randolphwabash/recipe/floor/peephole
randolphwabash/recipe/floor/peephole

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

window shadow/phone lines
window shadow/phone lines

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

023 table
023 table

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

bedroom/bedroom
bedroom/bedroom

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

wall/wall
wall/wall

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

floor
floor

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

wall/stain/clay/tree
wall/stain/clay/tree

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

socks/window
socks/window

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

tablecloth/bathroom (light)
tablecloth/bathroom (light)

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

train/table shadow
train/table shadow

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

shower/cabinet/cloud
shower/cabinet/cloud

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

candles/wall/cloud
candles/wall/cloud

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

light (night)
light (night)

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

feet/chair
feet/chair

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018

paper (first)/crack
paper (first)/crack

mixed media on double gelatin-sized and walnut dyed handmade paper 2018