Variations on Water Music
Variations on Water Music is an artist book that focuses on my sensory experience of discovering the topography and native ecosystems of Lake Michigan, as well as the region’s sensory similarities to the art of papermaking. Research for this project, in order to experience sensory phenomena, included my ritual-based practice of making paper, organizing a native-plant community garden called The Papermaker’s Garden, and circumnavigating Lake Michigan by bicycle. I used wax, ink, and locally sourced handmade paper from recycled fabrics and native plants grown in the Chicago’s Papermaking Garden instead of information to created a tactile and sensory experience on each page for the viewers. An example of the interactivity include the sound of the pages turning, and are reminiscent of the waves and wind of Lake Michigan as well as the splash of pulpy water in the process of paper production.