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Sea Net

By  Pat Hodson 2017
In ‘Sea Net’ an organic inner layer is trapped within a plastic ‘shell’, which protects the fragile paper layer. This plastic shell is deceptively delicate, fragile, even beautiful, despite its mundane origin; yet while here plastic protects the organic fibre its very indestructibility has become a threat to organic life. There are four individual ‘drops’, each pair hung side by side to allow pattern reflection and symmetry, with a second pair behind having sections in reverse order - which adds to the apparent rhythmic complexity of the pattern. There are a total of forty lasercut sections; It appears fragile, whilst in reality being incredibly strong. Each section is connected by transparent plastic thread. Each section is identical , but is hung in such a way that the web like structure appears to interweave a complex sequence. By having to cut only one design repeatedly, the laser cutter is exploited – a valuable tool for abolishing a good deal of the labour of making an artwork. This pattern repetition has potential to be expanded in different directions by adding more lengths to create a ‘walk through’ installation.

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