The installation Recycle was recycled and further developed to include Hidden Histories based on a new context: an old silk mill in Paterson, NJ. In addition to a paper forest that sprouted from the floor, I printed fragments of the little-known history of Paterson onto the backs of paper silk moths and hid them in the crevices of the building's brick walls.
Home to one of the most diverse immigrant populations, Paterson's rich history is obscured by urban blight and poverty. Once native land settled by the Lenape, it was developed by Alexander Hamilton as the first planned industrial city powered by the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi. Considered the "Cradle of the American Industrial Revolution", Paterson was established to secure independence from British manufacturing. Paterson was also the site of anti-child-labor unrest.
13,000 years ago, The Great Falls of the Passaic River formed, carved at the end of the last ice age through basalt that was laid down 200 million years ago. It's current context makes it difficult to imagine that once the land was wild and wooded. Paterson's dense urban Bangladeshi American, Turkish American, Arab American, Dominican American, Albanian American and Peruvian American communities are among the largest and most prominent in the United States. In 2009, President Obama designated the falls a National Historical Park, but as such it is still largely unknown to the general public.
In this installation, some of these histories are brought forth or hidden, speaking to the selective nature of history.