Artist: Kalliopi Monoyios

Title: Landlines

Attribution: Landlines, 2022, Kalliopi Monoyios

Year: 2022

Materials: Old telephone & stereo cords, PTFE tape, wire, reed

Dimensions: 25 in. x 25 in. x 31 in.

Image Statement: Inspired by the lyrical forms of Japanese bamboo baskets, this sculpture is created from discarded telephone and stereo wires. In the same way that baskets have fallen out of humanity’s list of essential items, so too have telephone and stereo wires as technology replaces them with cell phones and bluetooth devices. How quickly we discard these technologies that have supported humankind when the next exciting thing comes along. I wonder what our society would look like if we made more of a commitment to the objects we decided to purchase, if we felt an obligation to them in the same way that we feel obliged to each other. Would we be as inundated with stuff we don’t need or want? Would we face the same plastic pollution problem?