Hanging by a Thread

13 Dec

Life is a series of transitions.  Change is a huge part of my own life these days.  Due to my husband’s job, we currently travel to a new home every three months, so I was immediately drawn to the transitory nature of Amanda McCavour’s work.

Stand-In for Home, thread, 96x120x120

Drawn to thread for it’s combination of vulnerability and strength, the artist describes her work as “a process of making as a way of tracing and preserving things that are gone, or slowly falling apart.”

Living Room, thread, 144x144x144 ( photographed by Agata Piskunowicz )

She creates these “thread drawings” by sewing thread into a fabric that will resolve in water, which allows her to build up the drawings, just as one would do with charcoal on paper.  Once the fabric has been dissolved, the drawn lines remain.

Living Room ( detail ) ( photographed by Agata Piskunowicz )

Stand-In for Home ( detail )

These thread drawings act as a figural trace of homes that used to be, memories stored there are revisited and recreated.  Homes are ours for a time, but as we all fade into and out of life, so do homes remain a part of many different lives.

To see more of Amanda McCavor’s work, please visit her website.

Thank you to the ladies at LoveFeastTable for introducing me to Amanda McCavour’s work!

Featured image is Living Room ( detail ), thread, 144x144x144.  All images are via the artist’s website.

2 Responses to “Hanging by a Thread”

  1. Susan December 13, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing, Lesley!

  2. Judith K. December 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Adorable. I couldn´t have it in my own appartement – because of the cats. But I would love to.

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