2019 – Raw wool, rusted steel conveyor belt and mahogany pallet wood
Raw wool, or fleece sheered from sheep, is a material that has attracted me since childhood, as I watched my mother spin and weave. I enjoy the feel, colors and smell, and the natural lanolin soothes my dry skin. When first collected for this project, the fleece was handed to me, warm and steamy. The sheep farmers wanted me to make good use of the multi colored wool, which is often composted, unlike single color wool. I was taken with the idea of composting and the piece took the form of a compost bin.
Found materials, manipulated by both humans and the environment, are key to my work. Here I contrast the industrial and the domestic, containment and resistance. I always resist the definition of the throw-away. This sculpture is intended to be outdoors; the wool could be replenished or just left to decompose. Interaction with nature completes the work.