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I have been using macrame, a craft technique, to weave a functional item, extension cords. I am interested in questioning the boundaries that exist when classifying objects and the ease in which value/meaning can be transformed via context. In my macrame installations the extension cords still remain true to their original use as the sculptures also provide power to incandescent or fluorescent lights.
I often create sculptures, installations, and videos that offer an opportunity for utilitarian objects and materials to step outside of their usual function and oscillate between their prescribed use and their new role as art. This stems from an ongoing exploration into the relationship between an item’s value and the environment in which it is presented. I am curious to see how preconceived notions shift when something that is usually just a means to an end is presented as the object of attention.
As I have been making these large-scale macrame installations I have realized there is potential for them to also exist as intriguing and functional lighting ‘objects’ that could be more appropriately scaled for a personal environment. When presenting them as art they were already straddling the line between art and design, so this seems like a logical next step and an exciting one for my practice, as I am often so keen to play with these boundaries.
With the Workshop Residence’s support I will be able to work with fabricators to design fixtures that allow the lighting element to become more functional and robust while still maintaining the initial concept and whimsical presence of the larger scale installations.