Third Space II
7400 x 900 mm (largest), 770 x 11 mm (smallest)
Lace textile panels (35): bark cloth (tapa), cotton gauze, interfacing, thread and soluble stabilizer
‘Born in Germany, and now a permanent resident in the Cook Islands, I live amidst the influences of my European heritage and those of my adopted Polynesia. The migrant’s relative position between cultural boundaries has been the subject matter of my recent work.
Third Space II is an investigation of material and non-material boundaries and the space in-between. Cloth, fibres and techniques from Europe and Polynesia formed the basis of the project. Ritual and ceremonial aspects and uses of textiles in both cultures (the wrappings of the Cook Islands and veils from Europe) inspired my forms. Exploring material and visual alternatives to their customary uses, they eventually overcame the limitations of their role as ceremonial cloths. The result is a complex combination of concepts from different cultures, an uncommon composition of textiles and space that creates an interactive zone for artist, objects and viewers.’