The Paper Body Project is an art-environmental awareness activity that will occur during select community events. In activities targeted to youth, participants will share in conversations that connect themselves as human beings to the natural world and its creatures from which we often feel detached.
The purpose is to help create an understanding of the interdependence between humans and nature, and to instill an embodied compassion for and connection to the broader social and ecological issues of our time, such as climate change.
Participants will work with Gerald Lee Hoffman making paper using "trash", plants, recycled paper and fabric to ultimately create life-sized paper bodies, that in some way represent nature.
Finished works may be incorporated into the Goddesses of Nature photography exhibition, as feasible.
The first workshop of this project was with youth in McKeesport, PA, an economically and environmentally compromised suburb of Pittsburgh.
The following selection of photos are from "We are Nature" paper-making workshop: