Abulon (Avalon) is made of hand-knitted fishing line, a materiality that seems light and transparent but is heavy with the presence of toil and feminine labour. The work is presented rolled up, heavy, waiting, dense, it’s swirls and coils referencing spiraling movements and forms. Full of shifting colours, like glass. An accumulation of time, a meditation, a movement between the organic and the artificial, at once both intimate and foreign, mirage-like but incredibly tactile.
I titled the piece Abulon (Avalon). Abulon after the brand of fishing line, and Avalon after the mystical isle of Arthurian legend. I wanted the title to contain both the mundanity of the material, and the incalculable mythical qualities in the hours of activity, ‘the weight’ of the intertwined stitches and loops, elevating a simple action to a perceived timelessness. While knitting I thought of the word mytomspunnen, to be literally spun in myth: surrounded, entangled, woven, shaped through language.