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Thread Man
  • Lesley Dill
    born 1950
    born: Bronxville, New York, United States ; active: United States
  • Thread Man, 1994
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wire, thread
  • Object Height/Width: 304.9 x 96.8 cm
    Object Height/Width: 120 1/16 x 38 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • On view: 20/21 Gallery, 405, E3
  • 1995.0052
Label Text

Bent wire and colored threads. Wire spells out portion of an Emily Dickinson's poem, possibly poem 937. A thread figure hangs above the text. The work is held to the wall by tacks.

This is “poem 937”:

I felt a Cleaving in my Mind -
As if my Brain had split -
I tried to match it - Seam by Seam -
But could not make them fit.

The thought behind, I strove to join
Unto the thought before -
But Sequence ravelled out of Sound
Like Balls - upon a Floor.