Falling with a Safety Net

  • Deconstruction and Reconstruction
       Influenced by this reoccurring motif in Cornelia Parker's installation work, Falling with a Safety Net is about how one object can have multiple uses while maintaining its intrinsic meaning. I bought a worn out knit sweater from a thirft store and deconstructed it by ripping out, frogging, the knitted rows until I was left with only yarn. I then reconstructed the yarn into spiderweb-like structures to form a net.
       The purpose of the sweater is to contain you, and keep you feeling safe. The net, made out of the sweater, serves a similar function by supporting a person's body weight and containing them in a safe and enclosed space.
       In order to get into the net, the participant must lean all of her weight back, and subsequently trust that the net will catch her.