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Measured & Cut - Participatory Artwork

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AIRspace Projects

10 Junction Street

Marrickville, NSW 2204

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"The Fates"

In this exhibition Helen Amanatiadis resurrects the three fates that spun, measured and cut the thread of life – Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. These mythological beings in human form are spinsters, spinning string, weaving tales and determining human destiny. Through spinning, weaving and measuring string, the Fates tell the tale of both human triumph and tragedy.

The work "Measured & Cut" continues the artist's exploration of the material technology of string as an animate material with a life force that not only interacts with each individual but also holds the memory of human evolution. In the context of the fate Atropos, who determined the length of the thread of life by cutting the string of each individual, the artist explores an ancient healing ritual of measuring human height and width with string. The origins of this ritual are unknown, however obvious connections can be made to concepts of sacred geometry, the golden ratio and the Vitruvian man. This magic string ritual was used to draw out disease from the body into the fibres of the string. The string acts to transmute the disease through a subsequent ritualistic act. In this work, the artist uses hand spun and industrial string to measure and cut participants from the audience. The lengths of string from each participant are methodically added to the warping board, their energy becoming enmeshed with the artist's own and with the other audience members to become part of a continuous stream of life force flowing through the numerous lengths of string that become part of the work.

Come along and be measured and cut by the artist and become part of the artwork.

Image: Helen Amanatiadis, Drawn from Above (2018) (left) and Measured & Cut (2018) (right)

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist.

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