Interdependence, a Study

Wood, nylon thread
approx. 8 x 15 x 5 feet

Here are ten forms, held in tension as five pairs. Thin threads connect them, symbolizing a mutually-dependent system, but the interdependence is also literal, each stabilizes the others to allow them to stand, poised in space. Removing any one of the ten would bring the others down. This is the interdependence that is often hidden, but is at the heart of so much around us.

In my studio, each of the parts was connected to the others only by thin strings, such that each was held in tension and enabled the others to balance, unsecured. That sort of delicate counterbalance isn’t possible outside with wind and rain, so these are secured to the ground.

This is a work I created during my one-year fellowship at the Château de la Napoule in southern France, as part of being awarded the 2022-2023 Prix Henry Clews from the La Napoule Art Foundation.