From Elbow to the Tip of the Middle Finger
embroidery on linen
1000 x 890cm
Applying ancient measurements systems based on parts of the body as a means to create objects that correlate to these exact lengths. My work consists of a range of media, including installation, sculpture, embroidery, ceramics, woodwork and textile design, simultaneously combining these objects together to produce unexpected convergences of materials and form. Overlapping traces of the hand made with ready-made objects, such as clay modelling, embroidery and machine processed materials. The materials lose their traditional history of application but rather serve as a means to fit together within a self-imposed parameter. The materials constructed together are confined within a precise size measurement based on parts of the body, creating a nexus between the maker’s body and the work. I am interested in how historically measurements were based on the human body used to design and construct ancient temples, buildings and monuments before formal measurements were introduced. My work utilizes these earliest known units used by ancient peoples, in a 21st century context to create contemporary art pieces based on these systems. The measurements related to the human body have provided the set proportions, whether it may be a cubit, span of the hand, the palm or a digit. The art objects created follow these laws of mathematical strictness by their physical size. Their importance becomes the relationship to the size of something else.