candy floss/dental floss

November saw me experimenting with installation, such as candy floss/dental floss, work that the viewer can get close to and walk around.

 

I was thinking about the opposite of sugar when I introduced the dental floss and on a practical level it supports the candy floss. However, the candy floss volume produced was again disappointing, the drooping candy floss resembled rags or, as someone commented, writing. Although I thought the 'ink blot' effect was interesting, it degredated immediately – there was no perceptible process and it didn't feel like the immersive experience I’d intended.

 

 I don't think I've yet managed to find the hinge between seduction and repulsion through these experiments. Frustration with candy floss equipment and limited funds found me experimenting with blown sugar again. I returned because it keeps its shape for a period of time before collapsing. I also had the opportunity of working with more space and control over the break. Blown sugar, however, presents its own challenges.

 

 In a tutorial Jennet suggested it may not have a clear subject at all; playing with suggestions but remaining abstract. Rather than just thinking solely about sugar as a material, I am starting to think about a more cultural engagement. In ‘Digesting Race, Class and Gender – sugar as metaphor, Ivy Ken explores the nuances of how what we eat affects the organisation of social life.  (link to Ivy Ken writing)

 

I plan to resume my candy floss investigations when I have sourced an adequate machine and  I’m thinking about ways I can accelerate my relationship with the subject.