Listening to the Land : Spirals
Spirals, it seems, are a universal symbol & are represented in all our creative practices & although we each diversified our media for this exhibition, interestingly, we chose to create our spirals in what could be regarded as our 'signature media & technique'.
For Isla the tree ferns welcomed her to Aotearoa their unfurling fronds of promise representing 'a forest of new beginnings'. Her own spirals appear as natural fibres spun on to a wire base which hang connected loosely enough to move gently in a breeze. She describes spirals as the 'perfect expression of perpetual movement, in which life both changes & stays the same'.
For Hugh the symbol has come to represent 'listening to the Land' & his is a double spiral, a continuous path without a beginning or an end, carved into the natural surface of 2 very different stones. One a large floor based piece & one smaller mountain shaped piece. Both have come home & now lie in our landscape.
For me I have chosen to represent the natural cycle as a spiral to allow for the passage of time inherent in the cycle. The spiral is a galaxy - at any one time both enormous & minute. I have woven muka through cotton thread to create these forms.
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Hi, I'm Sally
I'm a fibre artist who loves botanicals - especially NZ native plants