Discard/salvage: Or, if only I could keep a piece, it wouldn't fill the gap
When things reach the end of their useful life they are still full of stories and emotions that I want to hoard and keep hold of. I want to grasp the old, the worn, the unappreciated. I want a piece, I want its story. But even when it is possible to take away something and to recycle and renew, it does not resolve my feelings. Insecurities and frustrations are unearthed, I’m not ready to move on. Creating something from the scraps seems a way out but it leaves matters unresolved and dissatisfactory.
Hexagons are cellular structures, the coming together of order and pattern while drawing on the traditional process of creating from textile scraps. In contrast the twisted hand spun and random felted fibres are the underlying emotions: the confusion, the frustration. The process of single fibres that mass together in a tangible yet puzzling and irregular form.
2-d piece exhibited at The Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole. 3-d pieces exhibited at ReOrsa, Bracknell.