The Trip Wire Project 2014 was conceived and begun by interdisciplinary artist Michele Colburn, in April. It is made from Vietnam era military trip wire that Colburn knits together, not exclusively in the privacy of a studio, but in various public locations around the U.S. and Washington, DC.
Clothed in simple black linen, the artist sits in public spaces that reference steps that led to our justifications to enter the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, or in locations where culpable politicians lied directly to the American people regarding the justifications for invasion. As work continues, locations will include the profiteers of war. To date, Colburn has performed this creative and often meditative act at the White House, the United Nations, in front of the Charging Bull sculpture by Arturo Di Modica near Wall Street and in front of the recruiting station in Times Square. She calmly knits one stitch representing each American soldier’s death in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Each row is comprised of 51 stitches representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. She will continue to document American wounded, and when these panels are complete, she will document in a similar manner civilian deaths and wounded.
The Trip Wire Project 2014 may continue indefinitely, but preliminary calculations project its length to extend over 100 feet. The project will be presented in progress at Short Term Parking Art Space in Denver, CO on September 13, 2014, and the three panels will be installed and exhibited in Colburn's solo exhibition next year, in October, at the Arlington Arts Center, VA.