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The Millenary Craft of Hand-Made Paper: Exploring Its Interdisciplinary Approach

Carolina Larrea

Thursday 1 July 2021, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Prof Carolina Larrea, School of Art, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Carolina Larrea is a Visual Artist. Her work is mainly developed in mixed media, including different techniques of printing, photography, papermaking and textile made from paper thread.

Join her on Thursday 1 July at 4 pm for an unforgettable talk presenting several aspects involved in the art of papermaking, focusing mainly on the art of washi, or Japanese paper, which encompasses the most significant features of this path with a profound spiritual and philosophical basis, as well as observation, nature transformation and meaning behind meditative practice.

It also will bring these to the field of higher education and propose them as a means to observe, learn and get to know the art of papermaking and all arts closely linked to nature. Collaborative art projects that have included hand-made paper as an essential and/or influential actor will be shared. Among these, the installation Between Air, Clay and Woods of Certain Flutes, with performer-researcher Carmen Troncoso and audiovisual-artist Richard Kearns (current postdoctoral research fellows at the Humanities Research Centre, University of York).

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 Carolina Larrea papermaking with students

Abstract

This study presents a reflection on the meaning of papermaking practice from a historical perspective —as a witness of human culture development due to its dissemination across East thanks to the trips made by Buddhist monks spreading the Dharma— and from the perspective of art practice —based on the workshop experience as a way to approach life in search of knowledge and a creation process.

In this talk it will be presented several aspects involved in the art of papermaking, focusing mainly on the art of washi, or Japanese paper, which encompasses the most significant features of this path with a profound spiritual and philosophical basis, as well as observation, nature transformation and meaning behind meditative practice. It also will bring these to the field of higher education and propose them as a means to observe, learn and get to know the art of papermaking and all arts closely linked to nature.

By paying attention to all the possibilities that paper has to offer in our lives, we can become aware of its importance and the long tradition it comprises, which involves both diverse and transversal disciplines. Paper addresses the history of humanity, philosophy, and religion; involves notions of botany and caring for the environment; participates in economy; and is the protagonist of art, through its history and technique in the various cultures that have developed this art and craft, and that is reflected in their way of perceiving and living life.

Collaborative art projects that have included hand-made paper as an essential and/or influential actor will be shared. Among these, the installation Between Air, Clay and Woods of Certain Flutes, with performer-researcher Carmen Troncoso and audiovisual-artist Richard Kearns (postdoctoral research fellows at the HRC, University of York).

 

Biography

I am a Visual Artist. My work is mainly developed in mixed media including different techniques of printing, photography, papermaking, and textile made from paper thread. As an Associate Professor in the Printmaking and Photography Department at the School of Art, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, I deliver sessions on Papermaking, Artist's book and Photography. I am the postgraduate and research coordinator at the School of Arts. Currently, my research focuses on the reconnection between the art and craft traditions of the Eastern Asia and Latin America, inserted in the contemporary art; as well as on the reconnection between and Art and Nature, in order to make art practice more sustainable, for example by finding new ways to use water in papermaking techniques and non-toxic printmaking). I’m the Vice- President of IAPMA and a Member of the International Board of Advisors for the Hand Papermaking magazine. I have participated in different exhibitions in Chile and abroad, as well as talks related to the practice of art, the artist's book and handmade paper. Among the exhibitions are 2007, "Cartografía de Identidad" (Cartography of Identity) Corporación Cultural de las Condes, Santiago, Chile; 2019, “International Paper Art Biennale” Shanghai, Character within Paper. Fengxian Museum, Shanghai, China; 2018, "Inspired by Paper", Touring Exhibition, Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, Fabriano, Italy.

E-mail:carolina.larrea.papel@gmail.com

web site: www.carolinalarrea.com

 

Location: Zoom

Email: hrc-admin@york.ac.uk