Tag Archives: Sticks

Inside the White Cube

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For a project similar to Outside the White Cube  I experimented with how to interact with the traditional gallery space of the white cube, so called because of its cube like nature and the fact that most spaces are pristine white walls on every side before the work has chance to interact with them. In this project I was required to build the work for the space as opposed to designing a work and then finding where it fits into the gallery. For me this was an initial challenge as each artist was assigned a space that could amount to no more than one metre cubed and having to consider how to fill a space definitely played tricks on my mind. Through tireless research and determination to grasp the understanding of how this pending work would fit into the space I realised that the answer lay right under my nose, in the form of colour in the tradition white cube gallery space. I obsessively gathered wool in an array of colours but being unable to knit left me with the puzzle of how to draw them all together. I began to experiment with different techniques such as making pom-poms but this didn’t have the effect I desired, I decided the design needed to be more linear in order to emphasise how it interacted with the space and thus began to wrap willow stick in the wool in precise measured blocks of colour. When placed together the sticks interacted with the space in every dimension as they formed their own tensions, relying on each other for support and flowed across open space held in place by gravity and the placement of the wall and floor.

Colour is a key theme across all of my works and whilst this may be more minimal compared to some of my other works it still carries the same notes of craft and production and drawing together of simple everyday things to make something captivating and eye pleasing.

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