Cloth, 2002-20

A series of 30 single and multi-piece silver gelatin photographic film works recording the shadows of muslin (cotton) fabric without a camera. Each film is encapsulated in a Mylar envelope and displayed backlit on light tables. All are unique objects.

Cloth girds us materially and sutures the social tissue binding us together. Cloth-related tropes permeate our language and thought, from the thread of ideas and the emperor who has no clothes to the world-wide-web and string theory. It is an outward expression of our humanity and an industrial mantle tearing at our biosphere’s fabric. Twisted, stretched, rolled, folded and ripped, the muslin (cotton) cloth casts shadows redolent of topographic grid models, laminar flows and atmospheric vortices, modernist abstraction, strange creatures, fur, veils, phantoms, death shrouds and celestial formations. Metaphors for the tragedy of an unraveling world and entanglements we are yet to unpick.