My decision to work with pipe cleaners is based on their material allure; it’s a sensibility that I’m after, an orientation towards pleasure. These works are a playful stretch in what constitutes contemporary drawing and painting, both conceptually and materially. I view my pipe cleaner work(s) as three-dimensional paintings, an exercise in breaking free from dimensional limitations. Pipe cleaners provide lineation, repetition and mediated elements of color that I “draw” within the poetics of space. They are exceptionally lightweight and tactically inviting, yet withstand gravity and provide a hidden strength and functionality that belies their appearance.
Snuggle Wall, 2017, Exhibiting at Kruger Gallery Chicago until June 24.
©Anne Yafi 2017
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