This piece contains music and time.
Every string has been played and holds the memory of music made by two of Dail's favourite people.
Each guitar string takes 40 minutes to stitch. There are 120 strings, a total of 80 hours rhythmic and repetitive coiling. The wavering lines reveal the work of the hand. There is more air than material, which is why it is transparent.
The brass ball ends contribute to the strong sense of circular motion and, like punctuation marks, encourage the viewer to pause and reflect.
The intention was to draw the viewer in to take a closer look. From a distance the surface is punctuated by tiny lines and shadows cast by tabs which have been folded back. Closer, there appears to be a glow which is created by the gold leaf on the back of each tab reflecting on the white surface of each block.
The discontinuity down the centre of the panel means that the tabs face in different directions on each half of the work.
Dail has been making these pleated and plaited, complex paper structures for some time. During lockdown she continued to develop the work and discovered that she could invert a section of a regular weave, creating a discontinuity.
"Timeless" is an exercise in seeing how light falls on a surface. The differences in the sections of the work are subtle but Dail finds them satisfying.
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