Saturday, 16 April 2011

Carol Hummel

“In my art practice, I’m interested in connections made and the trace I leave as I move through space, time and place.” 

My work is ontological in intention and traverses the socially constructed constraints of difference by exploring the ties that bind human beings to each other through culture, kinship, history, social interaction and friendship.

25' h x 15' diameter

"Best of Luck, Nuclear World" builds upon the Indian tradition of wrapping string around Banyan trees for good luck and to make wishes come true. Each day for 9 days, Carol Hummel wrapped this tree in the colors of the flags of the 9 countries that possess nuclear warheads. As the strings are wrapped, the colors weave together to form a colorful fabric, an analogy about the hope that by interweaving our cultures, we can create something of beauty instead of destruction. Country Number of Year Acquired Nuclear Warheads United States 9,600 1945 Russia 12,000 1949 United Kingdom (UK) 225 1952 France 300 1960 China 240 1964 India 80 1974 Israel 80 1979 Pakistan 90 1998 North Korea 10 2006

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