750 x 500 x 500 mm
Sculpture: thin steel and copper wire crochet
‘Crocheting wire enables me to create interwoven forms that are structurally strong, yet visually and physically light. The forms allude to ethereal silhouettes associated with shadows, ghosts or decay.
This work was inspired by a recent visit to Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. Fascinated with the abandoned machinery on the island, I began to think about Detroit, where my family has worked in the auto industry for generations.
I have used wire to crochet a representation of Henry Ford’s first four-cylinder engine housed in the Model N. The development of this engine in 1906 sparked a split between Henry Ford and business partner Alexander Malcomson, leading to Ford’s creation of the assembly line for the Model T. Similar to Cockatoo Island, Detroit bears the abandoned machinery and relics of an earlier industrial era. An era when Detroit was ‘the car capital of the world’. In replicating this engine, I am paying homage to Detroit and the people who built it.’