Mary Stoppert
Relics and Reliquaries: Tape Measure
2011
Mixed-media on archival support
18 1/4" sq. x 2 5/8" d.
This reliquary pays tribute to a vintage brass, hand-wind cloth tape measure, already a relic just by virtue of its much used condition. It has a beautiful patina. As I was pondering what I wanted to with it, I began to focus on its function, the winding of the tape around a central axis. This led me to the anatomy of a spiral of which there are several. I chose a formula for a central axis. I then began looking at nature and organic versions of the spiral. Thus appeared the snail.
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