Chilean artist Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia creates stunning textile art from small handmade fabric balls that she then groups together. Growth and accumulation, order and chaos are the driving inspiration behind her work. The effect is somewhat pixelated in the end, full of thoughtful gradations in color and contrast.
Textile artist Karine Jollet makes these beautifully ornate sculptures of human body parts from fabric. All of her creations are kept in the color white to symbolize “a dimension of unity and purity”.
Amongst many works, a very striking one is the heart. Jollet created a white, very detailed, heart from an old bed sheet, pearls, embroidery, wadding and wire. She included the major vessels going to, and coming from the upper and lower limbs. By incorporating the main vessels it shows the powerful function of the heart, with its “arms” spreading throughout the human body, reaching into all directions, to all tissues.
“The body as an enigma, I explore it, step by step, like a space that I need to reconstruct, to unify. Fabrics are materials that came naturally to me as an analogy to our own biological tissues: bones, fibers, crystals… I start with old bed sheets and shirts, embroided handkerchieves and second-hand fabrics that I cut up, put the fragments together, pad them and then sew them by hand. In this way I reconstruct different body parts (arms, legs, heads) and several organs and bone structures.” Karine Jollet
Rio de Janeiro native Ernesto Neto’s been exhibiting internationally since the 1990s, and the artist’s latest biomorphic work is tailored to the spaces each piece inhabits. From a distance, these new, vibrant installations appear as though they grew inside these walls organically. But Neto’s work isn’t meant to be enjoyed from afar.
In his current show at Helsinki’s Kiasma, “Boa,” visitors are invited to touch and inhabit his constructions. At close inspection, the meticulous hand-crocheting and knotting of the fabric comes into focus. Scents, such as lavender or clove, are paired with works; makeshift ceilings envelope viewers into becoming components of the work.