What is the next step? What comes after The Red Thread Project®? I love the work featured in this video. It raises the questions of public aesthetic. Individual vs. Mass. Engagement. Scale. Unlike The Red Thread Project® this is art made by an individual for a community rather than with a community, but I find parallels.
What I enjoy with The Red Thread Project® is the lack of control. I set certain perameters - knit or crocheted hats attached by a long red knit thread - but I have no sense of scale, involvement or even overall color as that is completely determined by those who contribute. I also like that the work goes back out into the public, consumed by others rather being stored in my studio until the next exhibition. Through the project I also share a basic skill providing others with what can become endless hours of enjoyment for them too. That aspect of sharing, a skill, stories, a bond, is what makes the work meaningful to me.
The Red Thread Project® flowed from The Attachment Project which visualized the emotional connections between two people. I took that simple idea keyed it up a notch to highlight the visible and invisible connections between us all. But now what? Am I done?
In every series of works I create, there comes a point when I have said all I need to say. Am I there again? Still thinking.