Community Structure, Study #7

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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© Yvette Kaiser Smith 2004