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

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 the phenomenon of spiraling along with Édouard Glissant’s text, Poetics of Relation, in which he discusses “écho-monde” or, the world of things resonating with one another.

Halleta Alemu wrote a piece in response to the drawing and her own experience of spiraling.

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

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.