"The Knot of the Matter"
Concept: This particular performance and installation
are parts of my larger project. Realised in 2006-07, it investigates
a phenomenon of femenine memory, visualised through the form of
small knot. Personal exhibition at "Belka&Strelka" gallery (St.Petersburg,
Nov.2006) successfully started this project.
In my view, the knot
is a very peculiar form, showing the unity of memory and meaning,
and rooted in our culture as a special practice. I remember my
grand-grandmother: illiterate, she used knotting as a means to
document and, at the same time, to structure and study her life,
like a kind of a diary, organiser and even a simple calculator.
The entire day of the exhibition opening, I am patiently doing
a variety of knots, using boiled noodles to create an abstract "picture", reminding in its monochromatic rhythmic structure a
kind of writing. These constellations of meaning-knots weave a
unity of "now-here" and the past, of living and reflection, of
female paranoia and a means to get through it - all this arise
before the viewers, who can also join my labours.
works with my personal history, and important event to be mentioned
is participation in a Venice Biennale (2005). It is not accidentally
that noodles became a material of choice for knotting. My woman's
memory of Italy is directly linked to noodles. To knot noodles
thus is to work with this important and equally painful experience.
At the same time, this project remains critical to the existing
system of contemporary art. "To noodle someone" is a common Russian
idiom, meaning "to string someone along", so this performance
is derisive and self-ironic.
Project description: Three long black
cardboard strips, 1 meter wide, hang on the three walls of the
exposition box. Two plastic strings stretched in the middle of
every strip 30 cm apart each other.
There is an electrical oven
in the middle of the box. Noodles are being cooked in a huge bowl.
Artist starts the performance 1-2 hours beforehand the exhibition
opening, so that about a quarter of the space is covered with
knotted noodles when first visitors arrive. Noodles change their
appearance with time: white and supple while being hanged, they
grow yellower and thinner, reminding strings. These metamorphosis
are also part of the visual component of the project.
squared" (S.Khachaturov, News Time, 28; 16 February 2007)
those (applications for the "Art-Moscow Workshops" - L.M.) one
is memorable, though. It is a project by Liza Morozova, member
of ESCAPE group. This work is an explicitly vernacular interpretation
of subjects such as gender and femenism. The thing is, Liza is
to create an abstract canvas by knotting the traditional russian
noodles. Macaroni meaning-knots constellations become a silent
evidence of various cultural meanings, illustrating not leastly
the difficult lot of a woman (such labour is hell hard!) Liza's
project is also charming for its honest utterance: contemporary
art, denying its inability or reluctance to speak of life audibly
and interestingly, often becomes a practice of elegant "noodling"
the audience (Russian idiom "to noodle someone", meaning "to string
along" - L.M.)