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I’m not sure exactly how this idea came about, but I went to a really boring lecture last week, and that could have something to do with it. There’s not much time for daydreaming in the studio, yet it is through dreaming that the more interesting ideas arrive.

This particular daydream suggested that I might like to try tensioning a piece of uncooked dough between three points in space. So I’ve spent the morning doing exactly that.

dough2

The dough refused to behave as I had imagined it in my mind’s eye.

Soon both artist and piece of dough became caught up in a strange dance, each in the others power yet neither having complete control.

It is unbelievably difficult to photograph your subject when the subject in question insists on binding all your fingers together in a sticky mess. Extreme contortions soon became necessary to achieve the desired outcome.

Perhaps this activity would be better conveyed as a performance piece.


dough3Here the dough swings through the air after freeing itself from the hook.

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