JoAnna Commandaros
Toxic Tangles and Other Monsters
Clarion University
2010
Steel and Wire
6ft x 30ft x 3ft
Two different iterations of the steel and wire formations were created for specific installations at Clarion University and University of Pittsburgh. The drawings capture the essence of nature’s tenacity of growth and our ever-evolving communication with its ubiquitous knowledge. In the French philosophers Deleuze and Guattari writing, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (University of Minnesota Press, 1987): describes the principle of a rhizome as follows “A rhizome ceaselessly establishes connections between semiotic chains, organizations of power, and circumstances relative to the arts, sciences, and social struggle. A semiotic chain is like a tuber agglomerating very diverse acts, not only linguistic, but also perceptive, mimetic, gestural and cognitive: there is no language in itself, nor are there any linguistic universals, only a throng of dialects, patois, slangs and specialized languages.” These drawings in space aim to capture the ceaseless chatter between the built environment and nature, as drawings they deal with perception and the line between three -dimensional realms and two -dimensional spaces.
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