The work incorporates clay, paper and iron. Each holds a different representation of memory of strength, fragility, vulnerability, brittleness. There is ambiguity in the materials used and assumptions cannot be made about where there is strength or weakness. ‘An iron backbone’ is really very brittle and unyielding. ‘A paper spine’ is not weak but resilient, bendable and hard to destroy. Why do we keep not learning from our past?
Iron can be a much weaker material than paper and yet we think an iron backbone is strong and often associated with decisions about going to war and a paper spine is weak; the opposite should be the case. The installation; made specifically for the Tannery at MoMA; explores some of these ambiguities.