String Pictures with Lenses
106 x 90 mm
Headwear: aluminium, rubber, elastic, steel spring and plastic magnifier lenses woven using string picture techniques
‘I am not exotic in origin. Sometimes I look to my fairly mundane Australian upbringing and find inspiration. Most charity shops of the early eighties had at least one example of the string picture (symmograph). Very popular in the 1970s, it consisted of a chipboard base painted or covered in hessian, tacks strategically positioned, with string in various colours joining up the tacks to create a picture. I was fascinated by the pictures, chiefly because straight lines create curves. String Picture with Lenses is a reflection of that childhood fascination. The strands cross and re-cross each other, creating geometric shapes, moire patterns and graceful curves at the same time.
An elderly great-aunt had a magnifying lens across her television screen. I was in awe of this magnifier. The magnifier lenses in String Picture add to the play of light and line, and reference the magnifiers used by lace-makers to focus light on their work.’