I crochet clustered continuous strands of fiberglass. Fiberglass
is fiber made from spun glass, is white, opaque, and behaves generally
as a heavy cloth. In its dry state, fiberglass does not stretch.
Immediately after the addition of polyester resin, the now wet fiberglass,
turns translucent, looses all structure, clings to itself, gives
into gravity, and stretches uncontrollably. The resultant form of
a section that I am applying resin to is differently affected by
the state of the neighbors which can be dry, sopping wet, or already
transformed into hard plastic.
“Community Structure, Study #7” belongs to a series
of forms that look at possibilities within social or community structures.
Of the eleven straps, most utilize variants of similar pattern,
with a few renegade expressions. Six verticals and five horizontals
are weaved together, in and out, bound, each intersection effects
form and flow of the active members.
Inherent in the material process then is the issue of neighbor
affecting form and essentially the identity of neighbor. In “Community
Structure, Study #7”, because the form is weaved, I applied
resin to one intersection at a time rather than one strap or one
part of strap at a time. The structure of the raw form directed
me to treat a group of individuals at once rather than allowing
me to segregate individuals as I often do.
The overall cluster, the large community, becomes a completely
integrated, unified, organic, breathing organism. Any given quadrant
is directly effected by the neighboring activity.
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