Trees to Paper to Trees


Over the course of an entire year, I diligently gathered every piece of paper waste that would have otherwise ended up in the recycling bin. Week after week, I found myself astounded by the sheer volume of paper I had accumulated. It struck me how many trees had been felled to produce this abundance of paper, much of which I never even requested or desired.

What began as a simple endeavor gradually transformed into an organic project of its own accord. I meticulously shredded all the collected paper and crafted free-form shapes that exhibit both an intriguing allure and an unsettling peculiarity, reminiscent of trees. Some of these creations proudly stand tall, while others have fallen, adding a touch of melancholy.

Through this year-long journey of gathering and reshaping shredded paper, I aimed to visually convey the profound impact of deforestation caused by our excessive paper consumption. It serves as a poignant reminder of the environmental consequences we often overlook.

Jason Mellin, Associate Director of Programming and Production of the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA wrote a poem about my installation.

See the interview here on Youtube of Jason Mellin sharing a poem based on Christiane Corcelle’s mixed media installation piece, Trees to Paper to Trees.