The title of this artwork, Raphine, comes from the Greek word ??ß?, meaning “to sew.” With a repetitive technique comparable to hand-stitching, Micah Evans joined together thin strands of borosilicate (heat-resistant) glass with a torch into the shape of a nineteenth-century Wilcox & Gibbs sewing machine, the first single-thread chain-stitch machine invented for domestic use. Raphine celebrates the historical tool that affected everyday life. It also reveals an unexpected, contemporary use as a water bong. In this way, Evans shows the changing perceptions of tools over time.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022