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One Day of Water

This wearable sculpture holds containers of water that can contain between 90 and 120 ounces: the volume of water needed to sustain the human body during a typical day. It is made from a knotted netting technique, and I used strips of stretch cotton that I pulled out of a discard pile. The colors of the fabric recall the colors on water tests.


Water runs cool and clear at a cold spring deep in mountainous woods. I study the source and test samples, learning about the composition of safe drinking water. During this process of gathering and examining, I became more aware of mundane actions of life at home, realizing that I'd often forget to drink enough water each day. To alleviate this, I imagined what it would be like to carry all of the water I'd need for the "work day," depleting my cache as the hours passed.