Denouement

Materials: Silk yarn, shifu paper, aluminium poles
Size: 38 x 88 x 50cm
The term dénouement usually refers to the resolution of a play, film or narrative, when all of the
strands of the story are unravelled and explained. It’s literal meaning, however, is ‘to untie’.
This hand-woven artwork is comprised of woven silk, covered in a mass of over 4,500 hand-tied
knots. I wanted to challenge the notion of perfection by using something imperfect, a knot, to
create something beautiful; to see imperfection as perfection.
Additionally, I wanted to examine how this idea relates to people’s perception of themselves, as
fallible beings, when we live in a throw-away society that does not take the time to repair what has
been broken, but simply throws it away.
By using the title ‘Dénouement’, this artwork creates an opportunity for these tensions to be
considered and perhaps resolved, not by the untying of the knots, but by their acceptance as an
imperfect perfection.

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Christina Hesford

Christina Hesford

Born in Indonesia, and having lived in Brazil, now UK based artist Christina Hesford trained at Cleveland College of Art and Design and Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. Specialising in hand-weaving for galleries, public, and private contexts, her practice has a conceptual basis, exploring art and craft theory, as well as examining aspects of humanity’s passage on earth, from where her practical work develops.
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