Cat‘s Cradle & the Inestines of Hope

4 sculptures
various dimensions
thread, plastic folie, textile hardener
179 fortunes

Installation shots from the exhibition ‘Jamais Vu’, curated by Liudmila Kirsanova, LLLLLL artist run-space, Vienna
© Darja Shatalova

“No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat’s cradle is nothing but a bunch of X’s between somebody’s hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X’s . . .” “And?” “No damn cat, and no damn cradle.”

(Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle, chapter 74)

The sculptures that are massive by its effort (handwoven for 4 years), but small by their size are mediations on persistence of hope in a rather dark gravity filled universe. The biomorphic textile pieces filled with fortune cookie uplifting messages imitate human intestines – the most fragile and weakest part of the human body that continuously tries to process the world’s food into digestible pieces. The sculptures made out of thin thread try to climb towards heights on their own woven fabric patterns and rightly placed balance points.