|Confined Comforts, Kent State University/Stark Campus, Cantonk, OH - 2005|
Confined Comforts is an installation by Carol Hummel, completed in conjunction with Kent State University/Stark Women Cross Boundaries yearlong series.
Confined Comforts takes the craft of women (knitting, crocheting) out of the domestic realm and into the public environment. It addresses the tug-of-war between comfort and confinement. While each strand of colorful yarn is beautiful, it also binds the trees, the environment, space itself. It serves as an analogy about life. From the moment we are born, we are wrapped by influences imposed upon us by family, environment, and culture. We are continually transformed by these threads of influence, but are we freed or bound by them? It is important to remember that although our cultural wrapping can be very comfortable, it is also confining, and it is the choice of each individual to either accept or reject the influences that encase her or him.
On a formal level, Confined Comforts is a visual discussion of line, light, texture, color, space, scale, and form.
The installation was completed with the assistance of student and faculty volunteers. It took 500 hours to complete and includes 820,000 feet of yarn.
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