Ariadne’s thread

Nine artist books
Card, tracing paper, print, thread

7.5 x 7.5 x 7.5cm


Ariadne features in the Greek Mythology of The Minotaur and Theseus where she gives a ball of thread to Theseus, so that he can find his way out of the labyrinth after slaying the Minotaur. This myth gives its name to the methodical process of solving a problem, where Ariadne’s Thread means that one applies exhaustive logic to all available routes through an ordered search to find all possible solutions to a problem.

The stories around Ariadne are used in this collection of artist books, which combine silhouettes of hands, words that shift meaning as the books are opened, imagery and folded forms to represent the labyrinth and a selection of possible threads to explore as you consider the solution to your problem.

Commissioned as part of the St Helens/Tokyo artist exchange for World Book Day at St Helens Libraries Cultural Hubs.