The transmutation of specific, regionally sourced materials and their deployment as connotative visual form is equally resonant in the case of Lambadistrion. Here, beads made from labdanum, the fragrant resin native to Crete, are strung together on a frame made of wood and thread that resembles the whip traditionally used to collect the resin that is referred to in the work’s title. The patterns produced by the suspended labdanum beads mimic those found on Anatolian textiles that reference the movements of people and transformations in the environment.
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Detail from the Lambadistrion series. Labdanum resin and cotton yarns on a wooden. 42x52x28 cm. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese.
*Excerpt from the press release by Rattanamol Singh Johal
Lambadistrion, 2022. Labdanum resin and cotton yarns on a wooden.
42x54x28 cm; 42x52x28 cm.