A wall-based work made from old wooden silk bobbins along with red wool, thread, ribbon & silk. (The last 2 images are of small versions in box frames called 'Blood Lines 1 & 2')
In the piece the thread, wool, cotton and elastic, some of which is smooth and gentle, some of which is rough and worn, runs parallel with each other, intersects and winds up in junctions from where they take-off again in new directions. Old marks and inscriptions on the bobbins that make up these junctions lead us to wonder about their origin. What is their Story? I subtly interrogate the value of these items and the journeys they have been on, tracing them back to their colonial and trade histories.
The accumulated intersections that make up the piece resemble models of various kinds like airplane route maps, crossing underground lines, pins on a map of personal memories or the documentation of large 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