The inspiration for this sketch has come from a number of sources. I have recently reconnected with a cousin on my father’s side of the family, whom I have not spoken to in decades. I learned he is a musician and writer, and is in the process of writing a story where people are connected with tethers. It brought to mind a statement my daughter made not too long ago about my mother who lives in the US; we may be apart but we have these strings that connect us. I have also been re-reading Octavia Butler’s Patternist series. I wanted to create an image with different anxious bodies connected with tethers, but these tethers gather in a tangled mess. This sketch is another attempt of working with interactivity, as the knot moves in correlation with the mouse movements or taps on an iPad or mobile phone.
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