Installation artist Janaina Mello Landini creates complicated networks of intertwining threads using lengths of colored nylon rope
She produces dizzyingly complex installations and canvas-based sculptural works comprised of unbraided ropes that branch out like tree roots. Janaina Mello Landini says she is interested in creating metaphors surrounding organic structures composed of both interrelated and independent parts, as well as the passage of time, and the “choreography of intertwining lines.”
The bases of the installations are often the large ropes laid along the floor in either piles or as a long, meandering path. From there, the strands divide into smaller, more delicate branches. Their thin veins are tacked on walls or ceilings to view as a whole or admire separately.
Like her past Cyclotramas, Landini’s newer cord creations feature twisted and tangled ropes attached to walls and canvases. As the brightly-colored, tightly-wound cables unravel, they adopt the appearance of organic shapes reminiscent of intertwined tree branches, dense river deltas, and complex networks of veins.
“The rope used is an object of the everyday world, only transformed by the action of undo and redo—unroll, divide and twist—and the time spent in this process is imprinted on the organic body of Ciclotramas.” – Janaina Mello Landini
All images © Janaina Mello Landini