Large roll of brown paper.
Paint, brushes, water pots, rags.
Craft materials, glue.
Space and drying time.
1) Lie down, stand against, or sit on brown paper and allow someone to draw around your body shape. (Arms up please!)
This is a really fun activity that can raise many questions. We have to place trust in another as we allow them to draw around us. The powerful experience of making the same artwork enables us to connect with our shared vulnerability. We are then confronted with our outline on paper. What does this evoke in us? Are others feeling the same? What does it mean to have our worth reduced to a piece of paper?
2) Take the paper that has your outline drawn on it and write, paint, colour, glitter or embellish your image however you please.
When was the last time you noticed something beautiful? How did it make you feel? How do we represent ourselves artistically? We are free to express ourselves any way we chose. If things go wrong we can start again or we can be brave and battle on enabling ourselves to achieve unexpected artistic outcomes. The only way to make the artwork is your way but you may be inspired by each other. We become empathetic if we share similar experiences. Who else has made work like this? Where were they when they made it? What does making the same kind of artwork help us to share?
3) Wait for the work to dry before cutting around the outline of your paper person.
Your artwork is fragile. It will be hung outside for one day only, open to the elements and to the will and judgement of others. What could happen to it? How would you feel about that if it happened? When the work is hung together people will be free to enter the monumental scale, arena of Paper People. They will not know who made which artwork or where each artist is from. The identity of the person who made each piece of art will be blurred by the colour and beauty of the art making process. As works of art we can simply share in our joint humanity as we are viewed and counted together as people.