Situated on KARST’S facade, Draw Close takes the form of movable steel screens that conceal and reveal KARST’s entrance. Taking the curtain as a central metaphor, the public sculpture explore the ways materials frame our experience of domestic and public spaces. The surface of the screens is perforated with holes that create an image of draped fabric, based on a series of curtain paintings by the artist. This makes reference to the proximity of nearby theatres and entertainment venues on Union Street where curtains open to reveal the stage, and those in the windows of surrounding residential apartments that close to provide privacy.
The sculpture is an architecturally scaled, kinetic work that will be situated on the facade of the building. Composed of two parts, the main material of the sculpture will be Corten steel - a material chosen by the artist to reflect the distinctive materiality of heavy velvet - situated against delicately perforated stainless steel side panels decorated with floral patterning patterns found on reminiscent of those found in net or lace curtains, referencing associations of public and private space.
The ornate perforations in the sculpture’s side panels look to the stylised floral imagery found on of net curtains,referencing associations of domestic space. . Andrews took influence from weaving production and lacemaking such as Honiton Lace where natural elements from Devon feature in the patterns. The design of the perforations on the public sculpture are conceived as samplers for a ‘Plymouth Lace’, featuring stylised representations of regional wildflowers, created using a dot structure reminiscent of punch card weaving or lace making techniques. The Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) and the Mayflower (Convallaria majalis) - another name for Lily of the Valley - are both wildflowers but in the context of Plymouth have strong reference to the city’s role in the colonial settlement of America.
Permanent Public Artwork Comission
KARST Gallery, 2022