Discarded fabric ropes - installation and sculpture

Eve
Eve

2020, 6x8.5x3 feet.

Eve
Eve

2020, 6x8.5x3 feet.

Whispers in Blue #2
Whispers in Blue #2

2019, 40"x30"x12"

Whispers in Blue #2
Whispers in Blue #2

2019, 24"x 36"x12"

Intertwined
Intertwined

2019. Site-specific installation at St. Joseph College. 15 feet wide x 5 feet tall x 1 feet deep.

Intertwined (detail)
Intertwined (detail)

2019. Site-specific installation at St. Joseph College. 15 feet wide x 5 feet tall x 1 feet deep.

Intertwined (detail)
Intertwined (detail)

2019. Site-specific installation at St. Joseph College. 15 feet wide x 5 feet tall x 1 feet deep.

We Got You
We Got You

2020 Photo: Johhanes Berg

Knot or Not
Knot or Not

2019.

Knot or Not
Knot or Not

2019

Full Circle
Full Circle

2019

time after time
time after time

2019

The Lineage
The Lineage

2019

Homage
Homage

2019

Kimono Soul
Kimono Soul

2017, 6'x6.5' This site-specific installation was about the modern history of women. I attempted to portray the beauty of strong women who are oppressed by the society. The red and pink colors are suggestive of the blood we shed. The vertically hanging ropes represent the storyline of our lives. I feel women’s souls dwell in traditional clothing like a kimono worn over many generations of a family. Exhibited at The Yard City Hall Park, curated by Jessica Porter.

Kimono Soul (angle view)
Kimono Soul (angle view)

2017, 6'x6.5' This site-specific installation was about the modern history of women. I attempted to portray the beauty of strong women who are oppressed by the society. The red and pink colors are suggestive of the blood we shed. The vertically hanging ropes represent the storyline of our lives. I feel women’s souls dwell in traditional clothing like a kimono worn over many generations of a family. Exhibited at The Yard City Hall Park, curated by Jessica Porter.

Kimono Soul (detail)
Kimono Soul (detail)

Handmade ropes made with recycled fabric.

Warmth
Warmth

2019

Warmth
Warmth

2017, 5'H x 3'W x 2D. Hand-made ropes with recycled fabric, aluminum wire. This piece is about an intimate connection with a mother and a child exchanging energy. The emotional and physical warmth is being shared between two hearts. It was originally inspired by the experience of breastfeeding. I have been fascinated by the fact a baby can send information on what nutrient they need through his/her saliva to mother’s body, and the mother’s body reacts to give the nutrient.

Warmth (detail)
Warmth (detail)

2017

Warmth (studio black wall)
Warmth (studio black wall)

2017

From a sword to a swing
From a sword to a swing

2017, 36”x60”x2”

Our Little People #3
Our Little People #3

2017, Hand-made ropes with recycled fabric (mostly old T-shirts) 22”x22”x 30” each x 3 sculptures.

Our Little People (small/self stand)
Our Little People (small/self stand)

2017

Nexus Spiral
Nexus Spiral

2017

Nexus Spiral
Nexus Spiral

2017

Nexus Spiral
Nexus Spiral

2017

Our Little People #1
Our Little People #1
Our Little People #2
Our Little People #2
We Got You
We Got You

2017

We Got You
We Got You

2017

Nexus
Nexus

2017, 25"x25"

Rope

In an emotional reaction to the rise of hate crimes and racial tensions, I started an installation series representative of human connections. 

 

Ropes came to mind as a symbol of connection, probably because I grew up seeing Shimenawa (sacred ropes) in Japan. I was attracted to their universality and ancient history that goes back to 28,000 years. Recently I learned that my grandmother's family ran a rope manufacturer until the war. I'm feeling a strange affinity for rope-making.

 

  

Starting this series, I ordered some cotton ropes but they were expensive and lifeless. So I taught myself to make them with old clothes. A bag full of handmade ropes together looked alive like an organic creature. 

 

 

Even as I knew that my making ropes would not save the world, and I had no idea how I would present them as art, I could not stop making them. To weave a rope, you twist one thread outwards as you bring the other side inward. Two opposing forces repeat to create strength. The process became meditative, like a prayer for a divided world to come together again.

 

 

Earlier pieces were more like woven sculptures with smaller ropes. This year, I stepped back to focus on the rope itself rather than making something with it. I'm weaving more details directly into the rope by patch-working different fabrics and patterns from all over the world, further increasing our sense of inter-connectedness. I'm choosing to present their natural forms, such as tangling, looping, tying, or hanging.