The Spiral no. 1

>  Installation of 100 transparent drawings, projected poem, and relational food performance.

‘A reconstituted echo or a spiral retelling.’
- Édouard Glissant, Poetics of Relation

The Spiral is a project exploring the perspective and phenomenon of spiraling.

Each component of this installation is a translation of the others, echoing the question: What is inside the spiral with you?

I created a transparent and reflective spiral print in response to my personal interest in the phenomenon of spiraling, coupled with Édouard Glissant’s text, Poetics of Relation, in which he discusses “écho-monde” or, the world of things resonating with one another.

I then asked poet Halleta Alemu to write a piece in response to the drawing and her own experience of spiraling.

    sitting in the eye

    sometimes potential
    has to dress
    itself as disaster
    for you to notice
    what needs to be done

I translated this poem into a recipe that was served at the opening for viewers to eat as they visually consumed the installation.

    a taste:

    chia chaos with cardamom and pink peppercorn.
    grape. cacao. lime. (v)

Transparent grapes and a confusing, layered swirl of ingredients led the viewer back to the prints, to the spiral. I asked each viewer the question that guided the elements of the installation: What is inside the spiral with you?

By collaborating across disciplines, there is conceptual singularity, but no singular perspective. A drawing is translated to a translucent print, a print is translated to a poem, a poem is translated to a taste, a taste is translated to an experience for the viewer who consumes it all.

I designed The Sprial no. 1 to engage the viewer’s various senses, and, even further, to include them in the dialogue that was occuring between the drawings, poem, and food. The viewer’s experience completed the work, and the conversations we had in response to the question will inform the Spiral no. 2.

In making this work, I saw that edges are also meeting points. The interaction of the prints and the projected poem (the interaction of two disciplines and two artists) created a glowing, amorphous light that spiraled around the room. The prints are designed to sway in response to the movement of the people and air in the room, and the light that they created highlighted this very specific responsiveness.