About this piece:
50 Revolutions represents the fifty revolutions I’ve taken around the sun and my evolving thoughts on motherhood. Both projects stem from the bouts of isolation and inadequacy I feel as a mother, so again I reached out to my community seeking fifty words about mother/motherhood and realized how similar the journey is for all of us. The book includes a Mapping Motherhood print and a miniature Mother Tree. Each of the fifty rings in the print, like the rings in a tree, contains one of the words, hand written. These words are the topography of motherhood: survival, mystery, constant, awakening, home…. A miniature Mother Tree sits in the middle of the print with two single strands of crocheted mother’s milk representing this thread that has flowed through mothers since the beginning of time.
artist-made abaca paper with embedded string, thread, stone, stained Tyvek, wood box
About the artist:
Helen Hiebert constructs installations, sculptures, films, artists’ books, and works in paper using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally, and she is the author of the books Playing With Pop-Ups, Playing With Paper, Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Paper Illuminated. Helen has served on the boards of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and Hand Papermaking Magazine. She lives and works in Colorado.