My new pieces bridge the gap between sculpture and drawing: three-dimensional objects in low relief that define space with colorful, linear elements. For the most part, the materials are familiar, useful, yet often overlooked industrial objects. My “palette” includes PEX plastic plumbing tubes, foam insulation, parachute cord, cable ties, bead and sash chain, metal loops and connectors, and sometimes even foam swimming noodles.
Newly “discovered” favorite elements are plastic newspaper delivery bags. This is genuine recycling, whereas most other materials are selected and purchased, not found on the street. (For people with dogs, plastic bags have an altogether different purpose. If I had a dog, I wouldn’t have so many blue bags to work with).Most of the work and the component parts are recycled, though: made, then unmade with the elements reconfigured. The materials are cut, bent, tied, clipped, but not painted or otherwise altered. Various configurations are photographed and re-photographed; the images, then, are the archive and the history.
Along the way, assembling the ingredients and fastening them together, I’m thinking about weight and force, catenary curves, and Peruvian quipus, the ancient method for conveying information with knotted string.Looking at my current work, I see traces of earlier line drawings and maps which contained an implicit narrative. Those were then folded into three-dimensional, hanging objects. Now, even for the larger pieces made of somewhat impersonal industrial materials, I include some marks of decision-making and presence of handwork: cutting, folding, and fastening.The objects hang on walls or hover in corners. The attachments and connections are visible, key elements. Moving slightly with the air currents, with some clicking and scratching sounds, these spare, minimal pieces have a lively presence with some ambiguity. What are they made of? How are they attached? Is the piece supposed to move? Or am I too close? Have a broken it? What are those noises? And are the shadows part of the artwork?