Emerging from Hassinger’s training in fiber arts and longstanding interest in dance, Leaning captures movement in sculptural form, falling somewhere between object-making and performance. “I… began to use the cable in a fiberlike manner,” she recalled. “I bunched it and bound it with wire, then unplied all the strands. I noticed that the material began to resemble living, moving, growing things.” The thirty-two bundles that compose the work give the impression of movement, from the smallest details—the unraveling of the steel rope at the tops and bottoms of each bale—to the way the entire installation seems to sway and bend, as though moved by wind.
Gallery label from 2019