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Enmeshed, 2021

Silver and gold wire (0.25mm diameter)

Approx. 3m x 5.5m unstretched

"The ultimate mark of power may be its invisibilty, the ultimate challenge, the exposition of its roots."

Michel-Rolph Trouillot

How might we notice invisible power structures; created, constructed, maintained, perhaps so deeply embedded over such long time spans that they come to seem natural? This fine-gauge metal net, its gold and silver filaments barely visible, invites unwitting participation. If noticed, it can be seen and negotiated, if not, walking blindly into it adds bulges breaks, deformities. But still it holds. 

Gold and silver are used both as colour and arbitrary value, referencing the early 20th century treatise Datong Shu by Kang You Wei. In it he posits a problematic eugenic super race of Chinese and white mixedness, using the idea of gold and silver metal as proxies for race, their proximity excluding all others in a false hierarchy. 

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