TITLE: Mending Needle
MEDIUM: hand Crafted cultural object, poplar, paste wax, nylon thread,
cork, glass, archival paper, ink, bone
DIMENSIONS/RUN TIME: 8 1/2″ x 1 1/4″
DESCRIPTION/STATEMENT: A netting needle is used in fishing communities to mend nets; yet also to make new ones. I use this process to explore the potential to heal a personal relationship or to create something new. Instead of a netting card, which helps to support the “backbone” thread in both and old net and the formation of a new one, attached is a small, corked glass bottle with half a love poem inside.
While made specifically for the Ossuaries Project, Mending Needle is also part of a separate narrative that recognizes how fishing communities, and people within those communities, change over time. The work acts as a buoy that might navigate viewers from all walks of life into thinking about the changing nature of culture in the own communities, and how this change can affect a deep sense of home and place.