Threading the Needle
Aluminum wire, copper wire, polymer clay, foil, acrylic paint, a plastic base
8″ x 9″ x 10″
“I am an art student from Northern Virginia. As a contemporary realist, I enjoy the fascinating and exhilarating process of translating what I see into representations that provide new ways for viewers to experience a subject. I often experiment with seemingly ordinary subjects in order to surprise the viewer with a new perspective. I might focus specifically on color, light, the curve of a form, the emotional power of an expression, or on capturing the essence of an object through line.
I was recently selected as the 2016 Studio Art Student of the Year for Underclassmen at my high school. I am a cellist, a pianist, and I also enjoy British film and literature, science fiction, creative writing, and distance running. I live with my parents, brother, and an English Lab.
In this piece, I altered my subject’s scale in order to explore a common experience — lacing thread through a needle’s eye. Using aluminum wire, copper wire, and polymer clay, I created an impression of fraying thread wending through the eye of a needle. The chaotic fray of wires successfully threaded through the needle’s eye symbolizes the phrase threading the needle which refers to the skillful navigation of complex problems involving conflicting forces. This piece and its magnified perspective represent the need to examine problems closely in order to successfully resolve conflicts.”
“Wow, I think you really succeeded in getting your viewer to see this everyday object in a totally new perspective. Immediately I thought of this furry teacup called-object by Méret Oppenheim, who was a surrealist artist.
The needle and thread part wasn’t immediately apparent to me, I thought of a river or a tangle of hair. I think that slow realization is good for the viewer, but I would also like to see that river extended into a longer thread. I think that would increase some of the chaos that you’re talking about in your statement.
I think it’s also interesting to consider the totemic nature of this object. The handmade quality of the eye of the needle makes it look as if it were an artifact built for some kind of worship or place in the home. For that reason, I would consider how the pedestal functions with your sculpture – does it need to be a museum white pedestal or could it be something else?”