29Cu

Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-16

McGuireWoods Gallery Art Lab

9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia 22079

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 12, 2015 6pm – 9pm

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat 11am – 6pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

 

In Progress shot of 29Cu

I pull the copper wire from its spool and measure the length of my reach from fingertip to fingertip across my chest. I make an indentation in the wire with the tip of my index finger as a marker, relax my arms, and cut the wire. I repeat this motion twelve times. Pull, measure, mark, cut, pull, measure, mark, cut - until I have enough pieces of wire to attach to the growing form. I twist the tail ends of the copper wire extending from the form with the newly cut pieces. Twist, twist, twist, twist, twist – every piece of copper is now extended by the length of my reach. Now I weave these together. I bring two adjacent pieces of wire together and twist them at their intersection; I do this to the next adjacent two wires, and the next until I have completed a row. Then I work back, along that row, adding a new line of winding copper wires. Sometimes the knit wire is very close together, leaving room for only a finger or two to fit into the resulting diamond shape; sometimes it is looser and leaves enough space for my arm to reach through. Each is a measurement of me: pulled, measured, marked, cut, twisted, and wound into a structure. Once I knit together all the cut measurements of wire I repeat the process again. 

Short Process videos taken with my phone: