Title: “The Nature of Things”
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What a tangled web we weave!
What is our nature? Why do we act a certain way? Is it habit or chance? Are we organized or chaotic? When we see our reflection, distorted or clear are we aware of what is going on around us?
The nature of the clear and mirrored box is a self distraction from the spiders web, the nature of which is organized, created with intention and meaning. Or in this case, as the black widows web, a chaotic mess. The question “Will people be able to view themselves clearly without concern for the encroaching web or will they get lost in their image and the beauty of the chaos web?”
How many selfies will be taken in the reflection. Reflection of distorted self image and of the space/time/location/gravitational pull of the uniqueness of the installation. Think of how they will be affected by the characteristics of being a former dressing room where image was an important factor…and the web of choices chaotic they may be of buying clothes!!
Karrie, Your installation is confounding in terms of perceptual space. I’m interested in how you played with the definition that the picture frame connotes. We bring our perceptions of what a frame is supposed to do, (assist our vision?) and then it may not be useful – in this vision you’ve woven. There is something interlocked about it, also- shards becoming woven together. I found myself craning my neck in different angles to see whether I could understand it. And I landed on the parasol last. It’s a decorative finial , a shelter, disguising an internally shattered state? Very engaging! Vicki Barkley
Occupying one of the small dressing rooms I will create a “web” of nylon fishing line, ribbon, string, and twine*, attached to the walls and to a box-like shape constructed from color, frosted, and mirrored plexi. The “web” will attached to and through the box using drilled holes.
*Spiders and their web:
Spiders produce silk from their spinneret glands located at the tip of their abdomen. Each gland produces a thread for a special purpose – for example a trailed safety line, sticky silk for trapping prey or fine silk for wrapping it. Spiders use different gland types to produce different silks, and some spiders are capable of producing up to 8 different silks during their lifetime.
Most spiders have three pairs of spinnerets, each having its own function – there are also spiders with just one pair and others with as many as four pairs.
Webs allow a spider to catch prey without having to expend energy by running it down. Thus it is an efficient method of gathering food. However, constructing the web is in itself an energetically costly process because of the large amount of protein required, in the form of silk. In addition, after a time the silk will lose its stickiness and thus become inefficient at capturing prey.