Weaving and Unraveling

Posted by on February 1, 2012

When I was about 8 my mom and I visited Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska.

{Quite frankly, I am just delighted and very surprised to see it is still open and has a pretty great website.  Even as a kid, I could see the displays looked musty and dusty, and we were pretty much the only visitors that day. Hopefully it has had an influx of funds, and will be around for several more generations.}

I have been racking my brain and I have no idea why the two of us were by ourselves in the middle of Nebraska, especially with a day to spare to go to a museum. It is about a 4 hour drive from my hometown, but in a direction we didn’t go very often. It was fall… or maybe winter? Didn’t I have school? Where was my brother? Anyhoodle, the highlight of the day for me was a weaving demonstration that was the last thing we saw.  Everything I know about weaving I learned that day. It is super time intensive, but when you are done you have made something out of practically nothing. Yes, thread is something, but it is pretty useless on its own. You have to invest a huge amount of time and effort to turn thread into cloth, or a rug, or anything of value.

Tatiana Blass was inspired by the story of Penelope to create this amazing instillation. Penelope wove every day and secretly unraveled her weaving every night. The instillation manages to capture the feeling of both weaving and unraveling.

‘Penelope’ was purpose made for the Chapel of Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil. I was unable to find much information about the chapel, but it looks to be a restored building where the lower, perforated, mud walls were not resurfaced in the restoration. Tatiana used the holes in the walls as an integral part of the instillation.

I love the way this illustrates the dichotomy of order into disorder and disorder back into order.

All images by Everton Ballardin from Tatiana Blass’s website.

There is a video of the artist talking about the work here, it is in Portuguese, but they are able to show more angles of the exhibit.

Via Trend Tablet here

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