Organized by artist Maggie Puckett, The Big Here: Chicago is a dynamic, participatory installation of 35 questions designed to test and increase ecological awareness. With each question—articulated on organic-based, hand-made paper, amplifying the question’s content—visitors are encouraged to write and draw answers directly on the installation, which will ultimately be bound into an artist’s book. Puckett’s project is an extension of Social Paper, a concurrent exhibition at the Center for Book and Paper Arts that considers contemporary applications of the art of hand paper-making in relation to socially engaged art practice.
Visitors can also participate in paper-making demonstrations facilitated by Columbia College Interdisciplinary Arts graduate students with a variety of pulps generated from plant fibers, some of which were cultivated in the Center for Book and Paper Arts Papermaker’s Garden, located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop.
Social Paper is on view at the Center for Book and Paper Arts February 10–April 15, 2014.