So she spoke, and the proud heart in us was persuaded.
Thereafter in the daytime she would weave at her great loom,
but in the night she would have torches set by, and undo it.
from The Odyssey

 

Penelope is a 14ft x 3ft drawing relating to the dimensions of a funeral shroud. The hand drawn markings are based on the idea of weaving, and the continuous repetition of pattern finds itself entering distortion. The evolution of line echoes a material characteristic and unfolds in such a way that the pattern contorts. The shroud is unweaving itself.

 


Penelope, Ink on Japanese Rice Paper, 14ft x 3ft, 2013 (install detail)


 

Penelope, Install View, Fabricate at Leyden Gallery