Installation by Andrea McLean

Using the simple practice of knotting, Andrea hs created a unique spatial installation that is meant to depict the ability of individuals to create enclosure by hand rather than by complex technology. Andrea became interested in this idea after learning about German architect Gottfried Semper's book, the four elements of architecture, that was published in 1851.

Semper described the four elements as 1. the hearth 2. the wall 3. the mound 4. the roof, and noted their corresponding material-functional categories: ceramics (the hearth), textiles (the wall), stereotomy (the mound), and tectonics-carpentry (the roof). Semper believed that the beginning of building coincides with the beginning of textiles, which have their beginnings in the hand tied knot. Once a knot is repeated over and over, a textile formed, that can then be placed to partition space, separate the inner life from the outer life.

SPECIAL THANKS TO LAURA MELLING, VANESSA RICHMOND AND FOOJAN KASRAVI WHO ASSISTED WITH KNOTTING.

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• LIGHT BY MATTHEW MCCORMICK