Knitted Polystyrene Sculpture
40″ x 28″
“I am currently studying in my second year on a Visual Arts course at the University of Salford. Only currently have I become interested in the use of textiles. I previously have experimented with abstract painting, prints and drawings. I wanted my work to take some form and stand away from a white studio wall, leading to experimenting with sculpture.
‘Transitions’ is all about movement. It started out being the movement of material. Now I relate to it on a very personal level. Whilst making the piece, I realised that it was not just about the materials movement but my own personal movement. I repeat movements everyday, walking to university, walking to work etc. – the knitting is symbolic of my repetitive paths. The sculpting of the piece represents my paths I take in life – they’re free range. The material has a mind of its own when trying to sculpt, just as life does for choosing my pathways. I’ve crossed so many ways and gone round in so many circles, I wanted the slopes and curves within the piece to be representative of this.
I feel the work is a performative piece as it was created with so much motion. I felt I became one with the fabric through knitting and sculpting, controlling its movements as I very much so try to control my own. ‘Transitions’ is about my changing of pathways, but also the simple repetitive movements I make each day during life. It’s a self expression of my journey.