This sculpture began as my attempt to sculpturally express myself in an abstract expressionist manner. I had a vision of creating a object in the same way a painter paints expressively and abstractly; I had no intention of representing form in any sense, but merely wanted to make expressive marks on a three-dimensional canvas. I placed ribbons—each measuring essentially my wingspan (as much as I could reach each time)— on this wooden frame, considering each strand's appearance and relation to other strands. I tried to capture the emotions of the production in each stroke of ribbon. I also considered invoking a feeling of weightlessness with upward, optimistic strokes and a jarringly colorful scheme.
I consider the wooden ring and the vertical dowels to be a formal, static platform for my ribbon-painting. It is the canvas, the rigid wooden frame on which an image can form. The form is supposed to be basic, but attractively so; it exists solely to highlight the ribbon work on the spool.
Personally, when I inhabit the sculpture, I feel the sense of weightlessness I was trying to capture. There is something beautiful in the simplicity of the coloured fabric climbing those verticals that reach for the sky.