Every 1 - 2021

NBO Members Exhibition


Kimberley Harding

Pain Containment Pod #1

Materials: hand-dyed reed and bamboo skewers, elastic resistance bands, acrylic paint, hemp cord, glucosamine chondroitin, naproxen sodium, pill bottles, ginger tea wrappers, turmeric capsules, elastic bandage, hypodermic syringe.
Techniques: Star base, three-rod wale, twined arrow, random weave, rolled border

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H: 16" | W: 12" | D: 11"
Kimberley Harding
Arlington MA
Pain is one of the “invisible” disabilities. I’ve been living with persistent pain from an assortment of causes for most of my life. Most of us experience pain intermittently or regularly, some survive it incessantly. We all witness it if we open our eyes. Whatever its source, whether physical, psychological, or metaphysical, pain is dangerous, debilitating, draining, depressing. Wouldn’t life be so much better if we could only grab onto pain, remove it from the place it is causing suffering and contain it safely away? Pod #1 is a response to an injury-related exacerbation of arthritis in my right knee. Along with traditional basketry materials, I have woven this piece with items I used to alleviate the pain.
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