Caroline Chourou MRSS
I use paper for its instant transformational possibilities; the materiality of paper and its ability to create an embodied presence when folded and formed, moves it away from being a support for image-making. Through research, I explore the visible and invisible forces that permeate the universe. Sources of inspiration include the micro/macro in nature, the processes of perception and the relationship between the physical, phychological and the spiritual. Within these broad themes, transformation, inter-connectivity and energy are key. I am drawn to the Japanese Wabi Sabi aesthetic in seeing the beauty of things incomplete, impermanent and imperfect. In metaphysical terms, Wabi Sabi implies that the universe is in constant motion either evolving from nothingness or dissolving towards it. Yet ‘nothingness’ is not believed to be empty, but a soup of unlimited creative possibilities. The metamorphic process of paper-making and ultimately its degradation, is a reminder of the Wabi Sabi philosophy. Whilst employed as an architectural conservator, I used materials such as natural stone pigments, copper/gold leaf and steel to make structural and decorative repairs to ornate stone carvings and frescos. Many of these materials have found their way into my fine art practice.