Fiber is alive. Sometimes it grows from the fabric of stretched canvases and sometimes it carries the pigment of color dye and passes it onto paper. I have been examining time and space with this material of fiber through two different projects,
Canvas Project and Stain Project.
When I took a course on the history of modern art in college, I was interested in time and space in the context of modern paintings. Meanwhile I was weaving every day and I noticed the “time gap” on a woven surface and it started to bother me. The woven surface has a sequence from one edge to the other during the production process, but when the surface is revealed, the viewer sees the entirety of the piece in one moment. Canvas is a woven surface that includes time sequences within the structure of warp and weft. I asked myself “How can I approach canvas as a fiber artist?" In my work, I build my own canvas with non-traditional materials, like rope, hemp, bamboo, yarn, wire, and, twigs, from back to front so each fiber material accumulates like layers of painting. My intention is to call viewers’ attention about this underlying background material of the Western art from Renaissance time.
Stain represents the passage of time. The initial contact of the dye to the paper is like the formation of a memory, and as the liquid travels and grows throughout the fiber, it leaves a mark like the accumulation of time. I would like to share this process by examining the natural phenomena that transforms these materials. I use chromatographic staining, which is created by capillary action through fiber. Each stain is individually influenced by a specific temperature, humidity, water pressure, fiber density, and pigment. These factors create variation in each stain, causing none of the stains to be quite the same. This also means that the stains cannot be repeated, and there is only one chance to produce each stain. When these stains are created, they captured the conditions of their surrounding environment in that specific moment in time. Looking at these stains can remind us of that moment in the past and the place we lived and breathed.