Ballroom Marfa Art Fund


Mended Spiderweb #8

20 Dec 2012

Mended Spiderweb #8 (Fish Patch) Cibachrome, 20 x 20 inches, 1998, Nina Katchadourian

Mended Spiderweb #8 (Fish Patch), 1998, Nina Katchadourian.

“In the forest and around the house where I was living, I searched for broken spiderwebs which I repaired using red sewing thread. All of the patches were made by inserting segments one at a time directly into the web.

The morning after the first patch job, I discovered a pile of red threads lying on the ground below the web. At first I assumed the wind had blown them out; on closer inspection it became clear that the spider had repaired the web to perfect condition using its own methods, throwing the threads out in the process. My repairs were always rejected by the spider and discarded, usually during the course of the night, even in webs which looked abandoned.”

(via smalljoys)