I learned to knit in public school. It wasn't (and isn't) always an art practice. Never-the-less I find it a usefull technique to explore ideas of labor, beauty, skill, and family. On the technical side the craft is ancient. Without the need for utility, however, there are still plenty of boundries to push.
When I moved to philadeplhia, I found out my great grandfather lived there too. He ran a knitting mill up until the great depression that produce womens hosery and a series of stockinette dolls. The interesting parallel to my own life lead to an ongoing body of work surrounding the Nelke Doll company and Philadelphia in the 1920-30s. These double-knit portraits are some of those, hand knit with wool, silk, and plant fibers.
Shroud... A cloth used to obscure and protect. To wrap. Hide. Cover. Clothe. These hand knit laces work at the duality of protection.
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