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The Troop

The Troop, 2014

Assorted coolers, poly rope.

Photo Credits: Mark Prier

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For The Troop, I looked to Nick Cutter’s novel of the same name to suggest sculptural materials. The book’s many references to rope and ropiness, and the central role played by a cooler, led me to use nearly two thousand feet of rope and seven coolers. The novel’s body horror offered up how to sculpt—boring, puncturing, and perforating—and I followed suit by drilling holes and threading the rope through the coolers.

The Troop was commissioned as a part of Sculpting New Reads, a visual arts program curated by Labspace Studio that brought together Canadian artists and authors to explore how books can inspire new ways of thinking, creating, and innovating.