Michelle Abbott

Portfolio: Strings of Life

Series # 1

2009 - 2018

These works investigate the paths and patterns of timelines, existence and connections with others amidst the chaos of 7 billion. Is our life a continuous flow of chance meetings, or is all directed from our own decisions; or are we simply at the mercy of a greater force. I chart various encounters and crossings, via pivotal points in time and location and the human connections I have made along the way; some of which are still going, some of which came along like a bolt out of the blue.  By plotting an axis of existence, almost as a ship would plot its course, I am creating patterns of  life. I chart the randomness, the closeness, the continuity of my connections to others. Symbols, numerology, layers and codes of life events are charted and visually brought together using mixed media and silk threads to sew the maps of time into a formulaic graph of life.