Terminal, 2005

Terminal, 2005

Nautical towline, tulle, silver thread, industrial rubberbands, shoelaces.

Commissioned for “Decelerate”, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, KS

The Exhibition “Decelerate” allowed me to take a good hard look at my preference to make time consuming, labor intensive work that was also ephemeral. I made the work reflecting upon the matrilineal tutors of my craft of choice (crochet), and the patrilineage of my neighborhood industry (nautical shipping). At the time it seemed that both shared the same fate as viable means for utility in the New York: terminal. The Redhook drawings on paper captured industrial as Modernist forms and decorative marks. The installation used a nautical towline “support system” on which to adorn tulle networks and large silver thread grids. The latter, barely perceptible in the installation photographs, were crocheted over several months prior to installation while asking the question, “What if I had to do the labor for work that’s not art – like my grandmother did?”. I’m still working on the answer.

Catalog:
  • Elizabeth Dunbar, Declerate, Kansas City, KS: Kemper Museum, 2005
Press:
  • Thorson, Alice. “Deliberate Deceleration.” Kansas City Star, January 8, 2006.
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