Loom Series is an ongoing installation project that explores unconventional loom forms as sculpture. To create this work, I disassemble found objects until I find internal scaffolding that is clearly factory produced, yet uses techniques of weaving to create its form (wire mesh, chain-link fencing, bed springs, etc.). I repurpose these objects by altering their context and shape to be used as scaffolding onto which I build the work. I weave butcher’s twine through these objects to construct a symbolic and nonfunctional loom, giving the found objects movement and engaging the space around it. The organic materiality and gesture of the twine mimics the sculptural nature of the factory-produced objects.
As I made more of these looms, each grew further from functionality. I’m interested in weaving as an original technology that has been appropriated into a means for mass production. My process shows the tedium and monotony of weaving, which contrasts with the fast production of the machine-made scaffolding of the pieces. I aim to combine the use of weaving as a craft and a technology into these works.
The looms are site specificity, dramatized and obscured in their use of light and shadow, extending their boundaries past the physical.