I like to explore materials which are not easily degradable. By using synthetic materials, such as polyester or melinex, I can make a book in which pages can be touched and turned. Often though it does mean that I have had to find alternative methods of collage, and colouration.
In ‘Sea Net’ an organic inner layer is trapped within a plastic ‘shell’, which protects the fragile paper layer. This plastic shell is deceptively delicate, fragile, even beautiful, despite its mundane origin; yet while here plastic protects the organic fibre its very indestructibility has become a threat to organic life.
There are four individual ‘drops’, each pair hung side by side to allow pattern reflection and symmetry, with a second pair behind having sections in reverse order – which adds to the apparent rhythmic complexity of the pattern. There are a total of forty lasercut sections; It seems fragile, whilst in reality being incredibly strong. Each section is connected by transparent plastic thread.
Each section is identical , but is hung in such a way that the web like structure appears to interweave a complex sequence. By having to cut only one design repeatedly, the laser cutter is exploited – a valuable tool for abolishing a good deal of the labour of making an artwork.