Thursday, November 12, 2009

* and art: Nina Katchadourian

I discovered the work of Nina Katchadourian while I was doing some research for my Liza Lou post.

I'm especially loving her Mended Spiderweb series from Uninvited Collaborations with Nature. For this project, Katchadourian mended broken spiderwebs using red sewing thread and tweezers. She worked on the webs until they were fully patched or could no longer sustain the weight of the repairs. Katchadourian notes that she often inadvertently caused further damage during the repair process with her tweezers or her hand.

What I find especially interesting is that the morning after even the most derelict-seeming of webs was repaired, the red thread would be in a pile on the ground, the spider having thrown it out and re-repaired the web in its own way.



Nina Katchadourian
Mended Spiderweb #19 (Laundry Line)
Cibachrome, 30 x 20 inches, 1998



 
Nina Katchadourian
Mended Spiderweb #14 (Spoon Patch)
Cibachrome, 20 x 30 inches, 1998



 
Nina Katchadourian
Mended Spiderweb #8 (Fish Patch)
Cibachrome, 20 x 20 inches, 1998



 
Nina Katchadourian
Marketing Tips for Spiders
Cibachrome, 30 x 20 inches, 1998



 
Nina Katchadourian
Do It Yourself Spiderweb Repair Kit
plastic box with foam and thread, tweezers, scissors and glue, 1998


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