Friday, 21 March 2008
teetering on a ladder again
oddly enough one of the skills i have really appreciated throughout my varied existence is the ability to tie knots in fishing line. i learned this as a small girl when my family lived for a time on the shores of Lake Morey in Vermont. my big friend (who is still my friend, some 39 years on) taught me how to do this and though i suspect i have modified them over the years my knots still hold nicely, thank you.
i tied rather a lot of them yesterday, balancing on a ladder, hanging some 34 objects in an exhibition 'watermarks', recently shown on the East coast but now having its local airing at the Artspace of the Adelaide Festival Centre. it's a lovely light-filled building shaped like a sort of trapezoidal mollusc with windows on three sides. a breeze skips in when the door opens, which being automatic it does rather often, every time a passerby strolls the piazza outside.
not exactly a conservatorial dream but a great place to exhibit if you want your work to be seen by a wide audience. after hours the lights stay on so that the gallery space glows jewel-like in the night. suspended objects spin gently of their own accord. i took a few twirls across the floor myself ... resisting with difficulty the temptation to sock-skate.