‘to weave but webs to catch the wind’ 1997


to weave but webs to catch the wind

Text as textile: How can we interweave truth and lies; what kind of materials and pattern will represent truth? Will it be transparent or golden, black or white?

to spin a tale

Some texts, based on popular figures of speech about textile activities, will be familiar, others will yet become so in the future.

to weave a web of lies and truths

There is a long tradition between weaving and the telling of tales, particularly when women work together. Fairy Tales evolved in places reserved for communal spinning, thus explaining some of tales about poor girls catching rich princes through their spinning

to unravel history

Weaving as a woman's voice has several important roots. Philomela who had her tongue cut out by the man who raped her, wove her story into a cloak; it reached its destiny as a secret woven language, deciphered only by her sister.

to stitch down a dream

My mother often has appropriate sayings for important events, and I find the difference between the trite and the profound to be a very narrow line, divided only by a fine thread

To Embroider (On) Truth

To Spin A Tale

To Sew Up A Deal

To Stitch Down A Dream

To Unravel History

To Weave Up A Strom

To Interweave the Threads of A Story

To Tie Up Traffic

To Crochet in Cyberspace

To Mend The Social Safety net

To Weave The Fabric Of Like

To Weave A Web Of Intrigue

To Interweave Practice and Theory

To Entangle The Fabric Of Knowledge

To Weave But Webs To Catch The Wind

To Follow A Thread

To Cut The Thread Of Life

To Weave An electronic Web

Ruth Scheuing, November 1997

Artist statement for CABC Anniversary Exhibition