The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reefs project invites us to reconsider the meaning of self-chosen repetitive tasks, the place of fantasy in everyday life, the value of boredom as a space for reverie, and the potential for change evidenced by the extraordinary response of many different women who wished to participate in this artwork. In The Tempest, Shakespeare proposes the sea as the site of transformation and renewal:
Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made: Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that doth fade But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange.
Pulling in different directions, the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reefs point us towards mathematics, towards a consideration of collaboration, towards eco-consciousness and action. Most of all, they draw us into the space of reverie, as we join the multiple artists in a slowed down time and space, looking carefully, with a sense of wonder, at the infinitely varied forms and their combination. If the undersea realm is for us an alternate reality, then its utopian potential is here most poignantly proposed.
Leslie Dick is a writer who lives with her daughter Audrey in Los Angeles. She teaches at CalArts.