This piece hangs 17 crocheted fiberglass panels from a cedar structure.
Each runner is approximately 20”X100” and utilizes a
different traditional crochet pattern. All panels are related through
the “same but different” principle…all are chevron
or wave variants. All started with the same count of base chain
and the same dry width measurement. Each of the crocheted patterns
stretched differently when resin was applied thereby asserting their
individuality. Color and texture relationships cluster cliques within
the large group. Conversations voice from panel to panel, from panel
to clique, from clique to clique.
I liken this piece loosely to community structures within the city
of Chicago. The parallel lies in that the individuals and sub-groups
within each of the two systems intermix and segregate at varies
speeds and degree. The increments of change, degrees of sameness,
and variety found within the crocheted communities are analogous
to communities and structures that I see in Chicago.
The panels hang, perpendicular to the wall, at 60 degrees. Overlaps
of panel colors create new lines. The variety of distances between
translucent fiberglass and wall create shadows in multiple values
and focuses. Evenly spaced panels, each with their own projection
distance, squeeze out, through containment, negative space columns.
Hundreds of tiny negative spaces created by each individual knot,
both in fiberglass permanence and in shadow etched lace, seem to
almost vibrate the immediate proximity of space. Containment is
softened in varied degrees according to the size and shape of these
The shadows cast, along with residue projections of color, play
an active role in the articulation of the narrative. Shadows and
projections from the fiberglass fill the gaps between the crocheted
parts and create hybrid colonies; new relationships, new communities;
cultures and sub-cultures. The complexity of relationships within
“Community Structure, Study #10” is actively voiced
through fiberglass, crochet, negative space, distance, translucency,
light, and shadow.
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