A Breath Between, PC (2020) fuses symmetry with asymmetry, depicting forms that seem to both double and reduce through free-flowing gestures. Each painted mark is mirrored by an embroidered one of the same form, offering a visual encounter of both fast and slow mark-making. There is an unfolding sense of space within the overall composition, like a landscape slowly revealing itself. The title of the work is taken from Paul Celan’s writing which addresses breath related theories.
So many constellations that are held out to us. I was, when I looked at you — when? — outside by the other worlds.
O these ways, galactic. O this hour, that weighed nights over for us into the burden of our names. It is, I know, not true that we lived, there moved, blindly, no more than a breath between There and Not-There, and at times our eyes whirred comet-like toward things extinguished, in chasms, and where they had burnt out, splendid with teats, stood Time on which already grew up and down and away all that is or was or will be —,
I know. I know and you know, we knew, we did not knew, we were there, after all, and not there and at times when only the void stood between us we got all the way to each other.
- Paul Celan, ‘So Many Constellations’ (1968), Paul Celan: Selected Poems, Penguin, 1972