Tying it all together

A small group working together to build something complex… I took this picture during the early installation of Chiharu Shiota’s work at the Art Gallery of South Australia. It struck me that it is a lovely image of how a lot of good work is done in organisations.

The artists have a shared goal. To achieve it they work together - or alone - moving and helping each other as the work demands. It’s difficult to see who is following and who is leading at any time, indeed those roles seem to swap. There is cooperation and collaboration even though as an observer it is difficult to see the individuals: they are shrouded by the net they are creating. It is impossible to know who tied which knot. Steadily, quietly, the work is done and the complexity and mystery grow.

three artists tying red yarn to make a large net

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