Observation of Wonder is a two-part installation made with a collection of recovered handmade doilies which are displayed in Conservatory and documented as scientific specimens in Taxonomy. The installation represents a new appreciation of the beauty, symmetry and mathematical complexity of doilies and invites viewers to see nature’s phenomenal diversity reflected in human creativity.
In Conservatory, over 700 doilies have been fastened to the inside walls of the 9 foot high dome, lit from outside. Visitors enter through a doorway and are immediately engaged by the incredible variety of luminous patterns. Like a botanical conservatory, the dome of doilies is a space for preservation, observation, and contemplation.
As scientists have classified nature, I have classified over 100 hand-crocheted doilies according to their patterns. My invented classification is loosely based on the scientific principles of taxonomy, a hierarchical way of ordering plants and animals.