Online Archive: Threaded Particles, Spring 2021
Philosopher, mathematician, and scientist, René Descartes (1596–1650) proposed that magnetic attraction was caused by the charged movement of tiny helical particles or threaded parts that flowed in circuitous patterns through the pores of magnets, creating magnetic force as well as states of attraction and repulsion.
In the spirit of examining the flow of threaded particles, we have opened our archives to highlight what select artifacts, objects, and materials might communicate when juxtaposed and/or arranged beyond formal groupings and archiving systems.
The first in a series of text passages, past and present, exploring the many ways that terrain is documented, interpreted, and (creatively) traversed. These passages will highlight materials, landscape phenomena, as well as articles/interviews exploring these ideas.
(1) : a geographic area. (2) : a piece of land : ground. b : the physical features of a tract of land.
On terrain as ‘textural text’:
[ excerpts below are from a dialogue/interview created by Hildreth York, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University, and curator of art and design at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey ]
A recent interview and environmental art piece for Floresta Magazine.
Read more here.
I am bundling up 2020 by giving thanks for new collaborative connections while also looking ahead to future cross-pollinations. These interactions have been ‘mini-rafts’ or vessels of sorts, that is, ways of connecting over space and time, and staying afloat (engaged) during challenging times.
Since I have been sitting still for days on end (while homeschooling middle schoolers and remotely managing projects for our foundation), I have been fortunate to have the time to sift through fifteen years or more of land-based photography as well as travel documentation. (Website updates are ongoing as well). As part of this process, I have created a new page on my site called, Fiber|Footnotes. I will be adding to these images and writings as I look ahead to a new documentation and book project for 2021.
After more than six months of living along the edge of the deepest natural lake in Connecticut, my notions of drifting have shifted from a land-based walking practice to the possibilities of floating on or navigating bodies of water. The lake beyond my studio windows has become a backdrop of sorts for fluctuating atmospheric phenomena and movement sketches.
As I continue to update my art/design research site and writing materials from the archives, I have come across several studio interviews that still resonate with my practice. I wanted to share them as I transition to a new year, as certain ideas still remain valid, but also have evolved in new and expansive ways.
from recent dialogues/interviews regarding Walking Libraries:
“Walking Libraries (2016–2019) is an archive of handmade artifacts and found materials gathered and modified by environmental artist, Abigail Doan. This evolving materials library explores the documentation and language of site-specific phenomena in conjunction with observational and spatial notations…
It has been more than a year, or perhaps years now, since I adopted the ‘Lost in Fiber’ moniker. As many art and design friends know, I hesitate to call myself a fiber artist or textile artist at this juncture, as I am not focused on the mastery of any specific technique within the realms of these practices.
The ‘getting lost’ aspect of exploring fiber’s materiality is what lured me in initially as well as its potential as a cultural connector and crafting matrix for modern artifacts and handmade objects. …
projects and writing exploring the intersections of site-specific, landscape phenomena and art lab/design methodologies.