life·line |ˈlīfˌlīn| (plural life·lines)
a line used for life-saving, typically one thrown to rescue or to secure someone

figurative: a thing that is essential for the continued existence of someone or something or that provides a means of escape from a difficult situation

People often reorder life into lines—follow the leader, create the checklist, fill out the gridded calendar that keeps us sane.  We become comfortable in our crisp systems.  This work explores what results when systems of control are attacked.  Every hour spent building up form was followed by an hour of breaking it down.  These lines are not merely used as definitions or reinforcements of shape.  Instead, they become the means of disruption and chaos—an image of disordered life, but one much closer to freedom.

TOT, March 2012

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