Isabel Avendaño Hazbún, Wall Dimples (RECYCLED & RESCUED 2023)

Matt McQuiggan

Wall Dimples is a collection of small-scale functional sculptures made entirely from recycled waste. Detailed and exceptionally executed they are crafted from timber off-cuts and discarded tyre inner tubes with a recurring circular motif inspired by the hollowed circular geometry of the source material, The Dursley Pedersen bicycle. These wall hooks exist in a space between contemporary art, design and craft. Despite their small size, at only 80mm in diameter, these pieces are made using methods firmly rooted in timber and textile traditions. The circular timber component is a triple-tiered brick pattern that is turned on the lathe. The tyre inner tubes are cut into strips and made into rope. Adding to their intricacies are the wall connectors, some turned on the lathe, others an octagonal shaped length fitting precisely into an octagonal shaped sleeve. In one dimple the elastic properties of the rubber rope, fitted inside a turned groove, tension the work in place. The process of connecting them to the wall requires an interaction between object and user reminiscent of small toy models. It is the contrast of the colour and materials, the pale smoothness of the timber against the black twisted rope that makes these pieces so tactile. You’ll want to touch them. This collection is about creative experimentation and process. Following the discipline of slow practice, focusing on technique and flow with the aim to understand and connect with the materials. It’s about moving forward towards a more sustainable future by beckoning back to older craft traditions.

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