Weaving Through Space
“Weaving Through Space” is a sculpture that stems from previous projects I created in my sculpture class at Emily Carr University in which I worked with yarn to create movement through the use of colours in space. “Weaving Through Space” is a recompilation of the elements I experimented with in these earlier projects. The piece suggests movement of the elements in space, and of the use of colour to create new dimensions between the threads, as well as between the piece and its environment. These elements form the principle conceptual platform on which I built this work.
The structures of traditional looms inspired me to create a “pseudo loom,” without the factor of functionality. The horizontal base (which is five feet long), supports five wooden pieces as it extends into the middle of the room, demanding attention and interaction from the viewer. Every wooden piece has small poles placed across its length from one side of the piece to the other. The intention of these poles is to separate and direct the yarn in space.
When creating “Weaving Through Space”, my attention was directed to the way yarn has been used in a very personal and particular way through time and in different cultures. This use of yarn made me curious about the connection between the yarn and the space looms occupied within the whole process of weaving. This relationship was translated for me into fluidity, colour, and movement. The restrictions that can be applied to a material in a particular space, as well as the freedom that can result from it, constructs a particular language in the spaces the piece is placed within. The yarn that is moving from the base of the structure to the wall of the room creates this language between viewers and the space in which they are interacting with the piece. Also, the yarns that are crossing and overlapping with each other draw specific attention to the materials used, and the spaces created through the illusion of intertwining colors.
This use of lines and my playful experimentation with colour, comes partly from my cultural background as a Venezuelan, and partly from being intrigued with the way artists like Jesus Soto, and Gego and Carlos Cruz play with colours and lines which create visual illusions in their pieces. “Weaving Through Space” deals with the exploration of space and colour to imply movement as a dialogue between the piece and the viewer.