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beam by Michele Elliot

beam  2013

cotton thread, nails, joists

400 x 500 x 10 cm

Drawing with thread is a performative act that engages material and site. As a structural solution, thread is both strong and tenuous. Most often, it is embedded in other material, operating as a conjunction. When thinking about the possibilities of this particular space, I was drawn to the cavities in the overhead timber joists running along the walls. In my mind, I saw thread looped back and forth across the room in fragile lines, filling the void and connecting to its empty opposite. beam is a consequence of what was there. These small vacancies afford a brief proposition.


Photography: Frances Mocnik

Assistant: Rebecca O'Shea

Threaders: Michael McGee, Ling Yuen, Virginia Mawar, Andrew Gove.