Since 2010 I have built three-dimensional room-sized installations. I am interested in placing artwork in a given architectural context, and I am using linear materials, repetition and geometry to create volumes. I think of them as three-dimensional drawings.

From a distance these installations appear as distinct shapes. Up close they dissolve into linear patterns that shift and change as the viewer's position shifts. Shadows from light sources can create additional visual patterns.

My process is very straightforward and I am only using very simple tools and techniques. These installations look precise, but also have a deliberate hand-made quality to them.

My first consideration is the space I have to work with and how I can take advantage of its dimensions and specific properties, walls, floor, ceiling, lighting,

The second consideration is a concept for the placement of the lines. I have been exploring simple geometric shapes. Angles, triangles, curves, and straight lines are mapped out, and the linear materials are stretched across space from repetitious, evenly spaced corresponding points. Repetition gives the work a meditative quality.

Finally, the materials I choose are crucial. I have been using soft and pliable linear materials of varying widths such as ribbons, ropes and tapes. These are nailed or otherwise affixed to the walls, suspended, or tied to metal channels. It's the materials that give these installations their personality.

My installations usually are not meant to be permanent, movable sculptures. Drawings and notes allow me to recreate some of them in similar spaces. But most of them are site specific. They exist in a particular space for a limited amount of time and then get rolled up and put away.

Sabine Reckewell Resume