Lines pass and vary in strength, ordered.
Mind sets sight to read, as though words these lines.
Looking for journeys and messages and language
in formed pattern,
left right, left to right
spines and lines and paths
are fractured by the process of their making
blood red lines slit the corner sections in all four
scapes. Corners ought to be cut — just here they aren’t
they aren’t sharp corners
The purest joy is watching her eyes go wide,
she expects and waits more than eagerly
8am, 6pm, 8am, 6pm, 7.55am, 5.47pm
this glass plate full of meat is placed on the
lines, reforms to the lines like flesh to spiny
carcass, momentarily forming body.
(a window is a trick effect, separating
background and foreground only by glass
like the passenger in a moving train
caught in action amongst the strangers at a
platform, twinned within a single frame
the joy is the joy is the joy to watch her eat,
swelling with the love for animal
her gentle tongue lapping at a bowl
that Katie’s lines hold stiller as the tongue
becomes more dedicated to the task
food quietly swallowed,
interspersed with contented grunts of mass to hollow
I wonder how she feels this joy
Now she studies briefly but accurately the area, pyrex
has a noise against a tile floor but for those soft lines
there is only an indicative echo of it, nothing more.
A tiny speck of something is spotted and meticulously
cleaned, polished, not a mark grazes those lines
Text by Kira Freije in response to living with
‘Placemats (Lines)’ by Katie Schwab
Wood-block printed cotton dustsheets, cotton tape, thread
‘Living With’ was produced during lockdown 2020 and sought to reflect on the conditions we found ourselves in. A circular exchange of artworks was set up between artists Kira Freije, Onyeka Igwe, Maria de Lima, Nicole Morris, Alicia Reyes McNamara and Katie Schwab. Each artist was invited to exhibit in an assigned room of another artist’s home, in turn sharing images of the artworks installed in their own home alongside their response to living with this work.
‘Living With’ was the third iteration of the self-initiated project INGEST/DIGEST/EXCRETE, which was established in 2018 by Maria de Lima and
Nicole Morris. Taking multiple formats including, exhibition, residency, publication, radio broadcast and symposium, the project considered collaboration and how a network of friendship can create spaces for shared dialogue, exchange and production. Over the past three years we have explored the home as a context for this project, which has housed the conversations, material explorations and social encounters that we have archived here.