AERO #5/red and AERO #5/blue, 2 tapestries, handprinted, silkscreen on soft pink/nude velour. 200x140 cm.
The titles of the works are mere descriptions of the tools used for knitting the actual motive printed and set into a pattern of repetition.
From early egyptian findings of nalbinding 2000 years ago, pattern became, with the evolvement of knitting an integral part of knit – therein defining cultural origin. I’ve chosen to strip it of all such reference, by knitting an anonymous piece of knit stripped of external reference to origin or use, but transforming it into a pattern in itself through repetitive printing of it, with the final purpose of making it a representation of knit. Printing the image of it with silkscreen onto a prefabricated cloth, it is thereby taken into pictorial art objectifying what is usually referred to as handycraft, by freeing it from origin and evolved inherent interpretations like feminine productiveness or womens’ pastime.
Knit itself is very tangible, recognizable and easily defined, a status it keeps however used. Because knit is defined by method but also by tradition, thereby purpose – the method remains the same but purpose changes into non-purpose when objectified.
(Since 1998 knit has been integrated as a representational element in my tapestries)