I have them think of lava flowing, rivers running, or unknitting
The acts being carried out by these women include counting viewers as they enter and exit the space using an abacus placed at the gallery entrance, knitting and unknitting a garment, rolling perfect balls of clay that are then dropped into a puddle of water to dissolve and finally a cello player who plays a twelve-bar musical composition and then, after a pause, plays the same music, which has been recorded live, backwards.
These idle acts--such as repeatedly canning and vacuum-sealing pottery or knitting and unknitting seemingly endless lengths of yarn--reveal McCracken's contemplative musings on futility.
However, the "rules" of my own knitting and unknitting
were never set down-there were no lists of duties recorded anywhere.
Often, Witt finds himself, by the end of a poem, both defending himself and explaining himself to the dead, as in the wonderful "Fireflies:" Can't you see I had to tear myself break down & blow apart like dandelion-fluff that glows as the air moves, a celebration of scars, unknitting
themselves into diaspora, into a new skin for us, in this show of sulfurous life.
First, 'loss of biodiversity'--a euphemism for the highest extinction rate since the Mesozoic era--is literally unknitting
the global web of life (Williams 1989; Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council 2001).
He also warns that, with the widespread acceptance of Janacek's music, "The next steps, alas, are academic appropriation and universal establishmentarianism": a daunting background for the articles that follow, especially when the music is so direct that it 'remains resistant to analysis" and "description or unknitting
seems more than usually futile" (p.
People talk about global warming and things like that, but if you're contaminating the sea, which is the source of most of the oxygen in the atmosphere and the base of the food chain, you're unknitting
the whole system; there's no place where this destruction is limited or ends.