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tīm | 2012
University of Kansas, Chalmers Hall | Lawrence, KS


By (some) definition, time is regular and quantitative. We understand it in terms of specific numbers and measurements. It never stops, never varies, and never ends. Despite this common understanding (or misunderstanding), I believe and have experienced time more organically. It seems to bend and morph and stretch or compress based on our experiences and our environment. I feel the way we understand time and the way we actually experience it are disparate. In order to demonstrate this feeling in space I was drawn to a long, narrow, linear hallway with high ceilings and tall doors lining one side. I sewed together narrow strips of paper with a continuous thread creating a form akin to window blinds that would later be hung from the ceiling of the hall. Each strip of transluscent paper was identical in size and sewn together at regular intervals with four separate threads. The repetitive activity and process of threading each strip of paper became essential to the piece as it demonstrated the passing of time throughout its creation. The completed form was suspended from the ceiling through the entire space so that viewers may walk beneath it as they traverse the hallway. Hung horizontally, the rectangular strips of paper transform into irregular curved forms each delicately connected to the next.

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