Objecthood - The Core is a series of woven sculptures exploring the density of the ephemeral and the multifaceted condition of reality. Solid volumes exist enmeshed within an ethereal textile grid as if their motion were suspended in time and space. To grasp the wholeness of the objects, one has to shift angles and discover the indivisibility of opposing perspectives.
I created these pieces using an ancient weaving technique combined with computational design. Respecting the constraints of the materials, I sketched the volumes in a 3D modeling software before hand-rastering them. The sequences of gestures - knotting, weaving - were instinctively rendered in loops which in essence mirror computational system functions. The manual execution of this repetitive and intricate process revealed to me that I embodied technology, its contextualized existence as an intricate assemblage of concepts whose contours and angles sculpt our ways of seeing.
From this physical computation, angular geometries and volumes arose, abstracting the sensitive and the emotional, their meaning untangled when acknowledged as the core of our existence.
Note to Self - Process
1. The work is the reflexion of who you are at a certain moment in time and space.
2. When you try to translate a rational analysis of your state of mind into an artwork, it generates empty and overly slick art.
3. When the creation process is split into two separate phases, self-analysis then creation, it prevents yours sensitivity from entering into dialogue with the materials.
4. The process has to be organized in respect to the conditions of the materials. Every time you plan your process thinking of time and space instead of materials, you end up losing time and misusing space.
5. Efficacy and precision depends on your capacity to read and align consciousness to the perfect pace demanded by every gesture's intention.
6. When the execution of every gesture is instinctive, when there is no delay imposed by the rational mind, your body thinks and your thoughts are embodied.
7. Finding the right amount of time for each tasks and breaking them down into repeatable sequences generates a context for a balanced dialogue with the Self and the materials.
8. This structured process is essential for your spontaneity to arise and make genuine artwork possible. Then, the rational self gives way to the expression of the core of who you are.
9. The core of who you are is a combination of your emotional history and the technological framework you evolve in.
10. Technology is a perspective. It is rendered visible through our relationships with the tangible and the tactile.
Note to self - Self
No words could express the profoundness of the grief. The duality of the situation. One facet flat, defined and squared, the other a burst of thousands sadnesses. Knotted together.
I accepted the reality, the sadness and the knots. I made it whole. Then, sensible shapes arose. Meaningful volumes.
I completed this project during my participation to the AIR Cycle 6 Artist in residency program at the Textile Arts Center, in New York City.
Photography: 2-6 by Katharine Fleece, 7-10 and 12 by Aimee McLaughlin.