Tug of War
Is a wrapped up length of fabric on which reduced, pixelated WhatsApp chats were printed voicing conflicting opinion and concern for the Irish agreement, in the build up to the 2019 election in the United Kingdom.
Invited by curator Alex Walton to reinterpret her printed fabric, Lorrain proceeded to tear the meter length into fibrous strips. The fabric suggested to her the complex web and weave in British tweed. Once surrounded by the heap of strands she proceeded to twist the threads, three at a time, then twisted these and so on, till finally a single rope emerged. Each thread represented to Lorrain a person’s voice, their opinion, in a diverse British culture, but collectively as a united rope it offered a way to test the deep-rooted and contentious divide in Britain over Brexit; through a game of Tug of War.
This game requires two opposing teams, equal in numbers to pull against each other. Whichever side manages through their tactics and strength to pull their opponents over an agreed line, wins the match.
What developed was a recorded series of matches on the eve of Britain's general election, December 2019, in which contestants pitted their strength against one another.