Opening Reception: October 16th, 7-10PM
Part of the MST 6 Festival of Performative Art
In 1874, Joseph Glidden patented an invention that would forever change the face of the landscape—“devilʼs wire”. Legend states that his wife had encouraged him in her yearning to grow a garden—a paradise that would be preserved by walling in that which is desired and walling out “undesirables”. This wire has been used in every military engagement since. Yet in terms of tensile strength, steel is surpassed by silk.
Babcock's install/action The Garden engages a tactile juxtaposition to explore the borderlands between apparent opposites—between comfort and agitation, between attraction and abhorrence, between danger and sanctuary. Over the course of the install/action, at times together in collaboration with viewers and at times in solitude, Babcock engages in a continuous silent action of transitioning the wires from their original narly[NR1] twig-like state, to a sea of silken white; graceful and enticing, but nevertheless potentially treacherous.
Mary Babcock is a visual and performance artist, and Associate Professor and Chair of the Fibers and Graduate Programs in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her installation and mixed media work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally (including Canada, France, Korea, Japan, Hungary and the Ukraine). She has performed across the United States in individual and collaborative contexts, as well as throughout Japan, in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the Philippines. She has lectured at numerous conferences on her work linking fiber, performance and peace and justice studies.