Why 'burnt offerings'?
Mostly because it seems to be a general trend - from bunsen burners back in my science days, to soldering irons, heat guns and plumbing torches which seem to be very useful tools in my fine art textiles now, or perhaps just because most of my cooking seems to be that way inclined!
Find offerings about art, textiles, running a gallery and walking the dogs ...
Without commenting on the lamentable state of my sketches, these drawings were the starting point for my sculpture 'Change' installed at the Kaipara Sculpture Park until November 2015.
I envisioned oversized, textured cocoon-like structures using stainless steel metal
cloths, textured by twisting, folding, pleating and stitching. The forms
occasionally quivering involuntarily.
The forms are suspended under the spreading branches of a tree. Some are
intact; others show the first signs of splitting open, ripe for revelations of
the secrets contained within the forms.
The outer surface is intriguing, imprinted in
the outer form are both the remnants of the larvae which formed the cocoon and
suggestions of the adult which will emerge.
What to say about the making and installation of this
piece? Well, not a lot really. The conception, making and installation went
very smoothly and I am still in a little shock after the shenanigans with ‘Light
Dancing’ at the Harbourside Sculpture Trail in March. Perhaps installation on
land is just easier? Perhaps a chat with my technical support team (Brian)
before sending in the proposal was useful? Anyhow, they are all ready for
viewing under a perfect willow tree.
Beginning to arrange the individual cocoons.
Technical support team!
I am delighted with the way each cocoon catches the light, shows a shadow of the internal structures and quivers with each breath of air. If you can't get to the site, see pictures of the complete installation at art works: 'Change'