‘ On the surface, knitting is ostensibly an ordinary activity associated with the domestic sphere ….yet because knitting is so firmly associated within popular culture through its iconology and iconography, it is an ideal genre to exploit, manipulate and challenge’ (Turney, 2009, p80)
The series of work exhibited is a response to the long drawing, ‘Palimpsest’ shown in the Otter Gallery in January this year, now hung in the foyer at the entrance to this exhibition. The drawing is a continuous line that wends its way across the plane of drawing, mapping out a potential length of knitted fabric over 12 metres long.
I see this and the other work shown in this exhibition as standing somewhere between textiles, drawing and sculpture. Further works shown upstairs and in the Dark Room downstairs, are the fruition of explorations in time and space where light has become a material to be worked with alongside the more haptic research undertaken. There are multiple points of reference- trails, webs, textiles, the internet, biological specimens… and the work is not intended to be viewed in any particular order. Instead it should be approached as an ‘open system’ in a similar fashion to that encouraged by Deleuze and Guattari in their influential book ‘A Thousand Plateaus’- as a rhizome with ‘no beginning or end’ (Deleuze and Guattari 1987, p25).
Deleuze, G. & Guattari, F., 1987.Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Minneapolis: Minnesota Press
Turney, J., 2009,The Culture of Knitting, Oxford : Berg
The exhibition was split between 3 areas in artOne, the University of Chichester Fine Art Department