This sculpture consists of 12,522 of only 2 types of beads individually stitched over 335 hours. Its structural properties are fully determined by the needle and thread I use to build it. ‘The Void’ utilizes geodesic structural properties along with a stitch/bead-combination I have adapted to produce rigidity in the beadwork, creating a vessel that is structurally sound on its own, i.e. no mould or wireframe involved. This intrinsic rigidity leaves a hollow unobstructed interior landscape, a void.


The spaces I define by combining regular polyhedra rendered through the organic dimensionality of my beadwork produces a unique experience of geometric solids. The depth of this inner world is intensified by the deep black of the Czech glass beads.


This sculpture is based on a geodesic snub dodecahedron. The asymmetrical opening highlights the dynamic quality of the beadwork and transforms the experience of pure geometrical symmetry into something more organic and animalistic.

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© 2023 Sharl G. Smith

Ontario, Canada