Uncommon Nonsense (Detail)
Michelle Lan (BFA 2017)
Uncommon Nonsense is a series of woven works created to explore the various expressions that can be made using limited materials. It aims to investigate materiality and the process of weaving through exploring thread as line, as gesture, and as a part of a whole that can be multiplied to become a completely new form. By being able to touch and move the thread, it becomes an extension of myself. With each movement of my body, my shoulder moves as well, and so does my arm, my hand, and ultimately so does the thread that’s grasped in my hand. This continuation of movement from body to material allows thread to become gesture, whether it’s by interlacing two strands of thread in a weaving, or wrapping one thread around another in a knot. With each gesture, the amount of thread adds up. Overtime, this continual movement transforms the material, allowing it to be a complete form of its own yet each layer of thread still acts as an individual part that makes up a whole. In its final installation, the weavings were hung in space, allowing visitors to wind their way between each piece, mimicking the process of weaving.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.