Sway and Stand (aka Tirazheh or Iron Lace)
24" x 24"
Acrylic paint, paint pen, and ink pen
$240 plus applicable tax and shipping
by Amanda Miller-Mulvaney
Inspired by the Eiffel Tower, and how revolutionary the engineering had to be for it to stand. They nearly didn't work out the science of it in time. The lattice structure provides strength and allows the wind to pass through, though it still sways with strong winds. A tall structure that sways in the wind can actually be more stable than one that doesn't! Current day sky scrapers sway because they are made to flex instead of break in high winds.
I had to give it alternate names because there were several qualities I wanted to honor about the piece. Tirazheh was a teasing request from a lovely grad student who said she loved the painting so much that I just had to name it after her! I realized it was a truly perfect fit though, to name it after a beautiful and strong woman whom I admired and looked up to. I had painted the tower out of admiration and the alternate title of Tirazheh conveys my admiration. I'm not sure she even knows that I actually did! Iron Lace refers to how the tower manages to look so airy and delicate when made from such solid and stable material. Thus the bubbles and the light color, which evoke for me that delicate airiness.