Fabric, one of my primary mediums, is used to transform surfaces into gurgling landscapes.
One of the inspirations for this work was a translation of a Hindu epic, the Ramayana. When Sita, an avatara of Lakshmi, is kidnapped, the earth responds in a number of ways. The last four words in this description are, “and the waterfalls wept.” The tale of the Ramayana, which can be traced back 7,000 years, makes the 2,500 year-old Tao Te Ching young in comparison. The Tao Te Ching states, “Nothing is more soft and yielding than water. Yet for attacking the solid and strong; it has no equal.” Fabric, one of my primary mediums, is used to transform surfaces into gurgling landscapes. Fabric is flexible and strong. Its strength relies mostly on a repetition of contrasts, warp and weft. Creating fabric is one of human’s earliest technological achievements, and the use of this material continues today. Using fabric as a means of protecting and identifying ourselves provides us with a tactile connection with the past, present, and future. I attached bolts of fabric to five A-frame wooden ladders, which stretch in various directions within a space. Pillows and batting soften the ladders’ angles while remaining hidden under the ripples of blues that crunch, fold, flex, and fall from the forms.