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Fathom fragment (3), 2018




The word "fathom" refers both to a 6’ unit of measurement (stemming from the approximate handspan of a grown male), and to "understand or comprehend something". Traditionally, fathoms, as a system of measure, are used to determine the depth of water. This fathom fragment came from research undertaken for the project "Fathom" (2018) which attempted to explore the place where the vast Pacific Ocean meets the shore in my Vancouver neighbourhood. The ocean is the point where the temporal and the infinite collide, endlessly speaking of the cyclical and metamorphic nature of life and death. During the development of the work, I began by handweaving fathoms measured in relation to my own handspan, as a feminist gesture, as a way of exploring the place where the ocean meets the shore, as means to know the unknowable. Through the work, I endeavoured to bring together a collection of non-human entities to encounter one another in a space where I was the observer and perhaps the catalyst, but not the main actor. As a visitor upon a visitor in Vancouver, this work attempts to both place and displace, to record a space between somewhere and everywhere. Materials: handwoven silk and linen textile bearing the residue of the marine environment of English Bay (August 4th, 2018). The work is an original and available framed.

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textile | weaving | mixed media


24.00 x 18.00 x 1.00 in | 60.96 x 45.72 x 2.54 cm

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