photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This photograph reveals some of the work featured in our Love Lace exhibition. The screen, made of CNC die-cut card stock and laser-cut acrylic, was produced by artist Nathan Joseph Howe.Nathan’s artist statement reveals:
Growing up, I remember walking through the garden one bright morning. Creeping through the tomato plants seeking fresh fruit, I came across a monster stretched between the plants. Dew dripped off a thin-threaded structure that supported a big black-and-yellow eight-legged beast. I ran to my mom, yelling for help, and she chuckled as I described the ‘monster’.
Spider Lace captures the wonder of a child seeing a web for the first time. The taut, crisp lines of the piece are reminiscent of starched lace and the delicate tensile strength of the spider’s web. Its intricate patterns move from highly ordered symmetry to more organic asymmetry; from closed, opaque forms to translucent, almost transparent open forms.
The true magic of Spider Lace is not just in its physical form, but its interaction with light, which gathers and disperses through the layers to create a dazzling web of light and shadow.
Photography by Marinco Kojdanovski
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