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.
“I find this piece to be endlessly fascinating. What you’re doing is taking a very familiar process, which is knitting, but you’ve changed material and the scale so dramatically that it’s really transformed into this bold, gargantuan presence.
I love the fact that this piece looks so huge and heavy you’ve got these massive volumes that are twisting and turning. It’s a super dynamic piece to be engaging with. What I’d like to see more of is negative space in the lower section of the sculpture because right now it seems like the sculpture has so much going on in the sides and the top, but then when I get down to the bottom, it almost feels like the sculpture is too adhered to the floor.
So if you could open that up a little bit with more cavernous spaces, maybe even to the point that your viewer could crawl underneath that space, I think that would get the piece to have even more movement than it already does, but it’s an amazing piece, really innovative concept, terrific use of materials.”