Taking a line for a walk

Living Room Shot Twine Takes OverThe artist Paul Klee spoke of taking a line for a walk.  My impulse has long been to take a line for a twirl and do it again and again and again!

What I am planning for my upcoming installation is an entirely intuitive, improvisational approach to using sisal twine.  It’s based on my fascination with transforming simple, inexpensive materials into form, form into ideas and ideas into a new creation.

I’d like for the viewer to experience the work’s fuzzy tactility without trying to make sense of what they see.  In this way, the work may reveal the story of its making as people move under, around and through the work.  That’s my hope anyway.

During long stretches of finger-looping twine, my mind won’t stop spinning possibilities for Intertwined. This past week, I’ve felt an overwhelming urge to lessen the “object-ness” of a single form in favor of a wrap-around environment. This means adding a secondary work, one that could “punctuate” the existing narrative, and serve as metaphorical bridge between states of form and formlessness.  I’ve pulled bags of unraveled twine fibers out of storage that will be ideal for what I have in mind.

I have to say this exhibit has re-invigorated me, and generated a flood of ideas that I want to pursue in my studio after creating this installation in Seattle.  The process has been like a stay-at-home artist residency.  All the looping action must be going to my head.