Come fly with me…

The artist, Claire Morgan, created a piece of fragile beauty – one just this side of order when her work could so easily have gone to waste and resulted in a futile heap. She raises a fairly open question as to whether she has OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), going on to describe the work involved in creating the piece:

Come Fly With Me is a piece I made in 2004 and it was shown first at the Royal British Society of Sculptors’ 108 Centre in London, then at OMAC in Belfast. Around 1200 transparent threads hung from the ceiling and on the end of each was a tiny lead weight. These created the form of a flat arrow shape. Between waist and head height thousands of individual seeds from dandelion ‘clocks’ were fixed to the threads, and en masse they created the illusion of quite a precise three-dimensional arrow sweeping horizontally and measuring around 1.5m in length. The illusion of a third arrow was created by the reflection of light on the threads the work was suspended from overhead, and the relationship between these three more or less tangible arrows of light, seeds, and lead, became and important part of the work. Making it was quite a task. All 1200 weights were cut from sheet lead by hand and holes made in them by hammering a small nail through each one. One of these was tied to the end of each thread before fixing the seeds in position. The dandelion seeds had to be separated from one another without being damaged, which required some patience, and then had to be glued to each thread in the correct position without taking measurements. It was a tricky one because I really needed to get very close to the seeds while I was fixing them in order to see what I was doing, and at the same time I had to hold my breath because any movement in the air sent them flying out of my hands. The glue meant that I moved from one extreme to the other – resulting in my hands looking like they’d been tarred and feathered at one point. I wanted the resulting work to be as fragile as possible, making the labour involved seem almost futile.

You can see pictures of the piece here, whilst the artist’s website is here.

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