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Sunday night I finished installing the latest iteration of Identity Tapestry.  I was given an extra 3 feet at the last minute.  This caused me some last minute gut-wretching because it was uncertain for almost two days and I had to prepare to do either and didn’t know if my preparations to make it larger were for nothing and I was losing sleep and toasting my fingers for those extra feet.  I had no doubt that longer was significantly better for this piece and well worth the effort.

Mounted Panel, ready to receive the installation

Despite the difficulties in working with an audience, I was more than glad to have help in panel-building and hauling down to LA.  I couldn’t have done it alone.

We made a fancy mounting system for the panel and now it functions almost like a painting.  Suddenly the piece can come off the wall and be moved as a whole.  It changes everything.  It reminds me of the way early paintings were mainly murals and how the first panel-paintings must have been a revelation.

I love the basket.  It looked perfect.  I re-worked it quite a bit from the picture in the last post since I thought it was in danger of emulating a certain Du Champ piece.  Re-worked it looked like it was always meant to be part of the piece.  It adds the element of touch I was wanting- a more organic form working in contrast aside the more technical-looking parts.  It is meant to be a kind of nest or womb, a fit opposite to the stones at the end of the strings which I feel are more like tiny memorials.  My daughter delighted me by asking if it was an egg or a nest.   I think when the yarn is used it will look like it is leaping out of the basket.  I can’t wait to see it in action.

…and no, no photos of the piece yet.  If you are in the LA area (perhaps for PULSE), come and see. The opening is this Saturday from 5-10PM at the OCCCA.


Written by marycoreymarch

September 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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