Fermentation Rig, 2023; pantyhose, balloons, beans, thread, epoxy; 60" x 24" x 12"
A soft sculpture with a somewhat haphazard vibe to it, perhaps made from discarded materials. Hanging threads from hand stitches contrast the machined pantyhose sheerness. Balloons have been forced through the hosiery causing runs that have a pathetic yet hopeful “making-do” quality. The beans form hanging sacs that pull down. The sacs are covered in epoxy that has dripped into congealed tips. All this was done spontaneously working through how the materials spoke to me and behaved when manipulated. Only later did I invent this story of an apparatus for protein synthesis via fermentation that led to the name of this piece.