Week 14: on line

“…the line discloses an inner sound of artistic significance” ~ Vasily Kandinsky (1919)

blue ink on paperI’ve been thinking about lines all week. Blue lines, stitched lines, perforations, wave lines, tear lines, timelines, demarkation lines, song lines, waterlines. Bottom lines.

Finally it has rained and water has been very much on my mind. Floodlines, water levels and  waterlines. Those stains on the posts in my studio under the house which indicate where the water reached in the last big flood. It has left an indelible trace, a resonance of what came before and a reminder of things possibly to come.

Consequently my experiments have turned to blue ink and water, perforating and stitching drawing lines, staining the edges of the paper to become wave lines, allowing the ink to seep in and follow the threadlines, the filaments of fibre.

I still have a small bucket of ready to beat pulp fibres from my last big banana plant cook-up. Now I’m thinking about keeping some of the filaments aside, to stain these and float them into the pulp formation, producing their own lines, their own language.

I’ve been reading about lines in Cornelia Butler & Catherine de Zegher’s book OnLine: drawing through the twentieth century. It’s a comprehensive book on the development of line from point (pointillists like Seurat) to line (Miro, Kandinsky) to plane (cubism -Braque, Picasso) to grid (Gilbert & George) to web. They link shifts in consciousness and emerging womens’ prominence to the development of the line in  art.

“Coincident with this thinking of the world and its history as an interweaving is the work of many women artists. Many women work with line not as separation, but as connection. In turn, this approach ties in with ideas about networks, interconnections, interdependencies – notions currently ever more prominent as we try to take account of changes in society at large”[1].

Tying up loose ends, threading ideas together, mending perceptions, stitching together a narrative, layering paper against paper, skin to skin. My thoughts are evolving into the next phase of the project’s development as I consider how to create an installation of banana paper with sound and stitching, a paper song.


[1] Cornelia H. Butler and Catherine de Zegher, Online: Drawing through the Twentieth Century. (New York, N.Y.: The Museum of Modern Art, 2010), 120.





2 thoughts on “Week 14: on line

  1. Loving your work Heather. Also the last paragraph…tying up loose ends, threading ideas together. This weeks paper looks like a rolling ocean of white capped waves. Thread looks like an image of something lost to the ocean….lost thread.

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