THIRD PLACE WINNER

Becoming One

Pearl O’Brien
Milwaukee

Paper Twine

My work considers the role of textiles in fine arts by exploring the conceptual limitations and possibilities of working with fibers. In these pieces, I am not using traditional fiber techniques to manipulate the material. It is my hope that my work can be part of a decades-long conversation about materiality and concept, working together to stretch boundaries.

“Becoming One” is made of woven bundles of paper twine. The bundles are created on a warping board, a reminder of the weaving process. They are stabilized by a bamboo rod and woven by hand. The form of the sculpture is informed by the nature of the material.

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