A study of form, plane, line, mass, density, and translucency. It is about the whole as much as it is about the parts. The original question had something to do with the construction of “me”. Translation is one possible answer. The panels number 19, a prime number.

This is a study of identity as compilation of memory; as one body made from discrete and organized layers; as collection of directions, like a library, like a book. I chose to work with rectangular panels whose length to width ration was that of a page, but bigger. The panel size and height are torso-referential so that the viewers head completes the torso mass. I also wanted the height of the work to pull viewers down to look into the mass if the work is being experience from the small ends.

The title Translation not only came from the idea that the crocheted panels I saw as pages of a book, it also refers to my sculptural process. I make abstract forms that articulate identity narratives in the language of crocheted fiberglass. As do all spoken languages, every material language has its own unique way of articulating nouns, verbs, thoughts, and experiences. So essentially, I translate a narrative with a set of specific relationships from the spoken language into the material language, in this case, crocheted fiberglass and additive wood.

Doped Translational Symmetry. In solid state physics, translational symmetry talks about a unit, like a unit of atoms, and how that unit is repeated. It describes the distance between the individual members, their relationship of one set of members to that of another like set of similar members, and the direction to go in order to find a repeated set of members. Doped translational symmetry describes a unit where the members are distorted by the introduction of an unlike element into the set.

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