Paper Works 1990's
This series of work was made from toilet tissue and was sponsored by Kimberly-Clark throughout the 1990's. The white paper absorbs light and sound, containing strong tactile qualities and an inherent malleability. This material's beauty lies in it's impermanence and the knowledge that because it won't last and therefore can't be owned. When these works reached the end of their exhibiting lives they were dismantled and returned to the suppliers to be recycled and used for their original intention, as toilet paper.
At the time these large installations were made, (1990's) they attracted media attention and critical debate about the use of materials in contemporary art. The Guardian critic, Bob Clark wrote in response to Brian Sewell's rantings:
"Any artist who has enraged the London Evening Standards self-appointed arbiter of artistic decency Brian Sewell is a friend of mine. Susan Stockwell's sensuous pile-ups of toilet tissue have predictably sent him into paroxysms of fake disgust. Here she moulds the paper into elegant block sculptures. Forget the raw bog-roll material, feel the delicacy, the almost tremulous sensitivity of touch."
- Bob Clark, The Guardian - 6/1/96.