Sweet Plums

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A wall based work made from old wooden silk bobbins and red wool, thread, ribbon & silk. Last 2 images are of small versions in box frames, 'Blood Lines 1 & 2'.

Crafted from old wooden silk bobbins and thread. Red strings of wool, cotton and elastic - some of them smooth and gentle, others rough and worn draw the eye. They run parallel, intersect and end up in junctions from where they take new directions. Inscriptions and old marks on the bobbins narrate these junctions and lead us to wonder about their origin. What is their Story? I subtly interrogate the value of these items, their travels from various places and their historical significance, tracing them back to colonial and other trades. These repeated themes are mapped out in various ways; an airplane route map or crossing underground lines, pins on a map of personal memories or documenting larger scale migrations. In these times where we are facing Brexit and one of the largest migrations in recent history, the issue of open borders is again in question. This technique of subverting cartography and mapping is clearly in tune with the pressing questions of our time.

Measurements: 300x 200x 10 and various cm

Material: wooden silk bobbins, wool, thread, silk

Provenance: London, UK

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