2020. Site Specific Installation, 44ft x 22ft. Materials: Yarns.
This fabric sculpture is 44ft long and 22 ft at its widest and made of a variety of different yarns stretched between an old wooden railing, thin trees and the cord that runs between the posts on my porch. It is entirely constructed using a chain loop crochet method. Each new yarn introduced is layered into the last and one level deeper. This piece started as an exercise in line drawing in space and became a daily action, (weather permitting). Through discussion and time with the work I realized I was making a safety net. The title of this work comes from how elders in my childhood spoke of planning and sudden crises. These folks taught through stories, photos and newspaper clippings the lessons of great floods, droughts and mass layoffs. Each lesson of tragedy also being a story on righteous solidarity. Mass crises reveal the weakness and motivations of systems. For many parts of this country people have for ages been left to make their own safety nets, their own infrastructures to care and protect each other. This work is a reflection on this systematic fragility, frontline resilience, and substitutions for connections in this time of isolation.