photo: corey rankin (left)The bumpy cylinders reminded her of the nests of paper wasps, mud wasps - the fruits in their cardboard cradles, protected, like the insects’ progeny in their tiny intuitive architectures. There is much intuition at work, allowed, invited, in Ferracin’s practice. She collects materials, responding to first impressions, gut feelings, instinctive sparkles of metaphor and reference, then interrogates those materials, sensations and liminal notions through active engagement, experimentation, failure and revision. She seeks to locate and occupy, balance upon, points of slightly unstable coherence between the engineered artifice of manufacture and the emergent wonders of natural selection.
In one of those peculiar coincidences the Universe offers from time to time, scientists very recently announced the first observation of the effects of gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago. A visualisation aid used to interpret this most esoteric and elusive challenge of contemporary physics, on www.einstein-online.com, is an identical form to the intuitively rolled bumpy cardboard cylinders of Ferracin’s social.