Okay, so this piece consists of a replica of a Babylonian tablet. On it, I have "written" personal information about me, and dates that are both deeply personal and widely known. But, they are encrypted in a script not many people can read and in base 60 on top of that. On the other hand, it is easy to learn to read it. So the information is both private and not private. The tablet should look like it is peeking out of the fabric; I made it from an old pajama top - an article of clothing that is profoundly intimate. But cut into a long ribbon and knit into a sort of stiff thick sock, instead of it's former loose and flowing texture, loses that sense of secrecy and sexuality.
This is how I feel about fragility and persistence...
This piece consists of three models of circulant graphs. I am fascinated by how fragile they look (and are, because my sons have destroyed many of them) and also by persistent the materials are. Plastics are virtually indestructible, as the plastic vortex in the Pacific has made crystal clear, and the floss is made from cotton. Archaeologists have discovered examples of cotton cloth that are 5000 years old.