soft sculpture and crocheted pieces

Working with soft sculpture and crocheted objects, both traditionally craft mediums, is fun for me.  It subverts expectations, discusses the division between art and craft, and suggests that maybe those artificial divisions are classist, elitist, and sexist since craft/fine craft is more likely to be created by lower and middle class women who have never been to an over-priced, pretentious art school.

 

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scrump (collective), installation view

 

2008
dimensions vary
fabric, plastic eyes, and polyfill

scrump is, at this moment, a twenty-some-odd-part soft sculpture referencing popular culture through Lilo and Stitch, the grotesque, and virality.  This sculpture is meant to be touched, interacted, and even played with.  These pieces can be displayed separately or all together; it is dependent upon the space it is placed within.  This series has hung on walls, spread throughout a gallery space, and gathered into a pile on the floor.

 

 

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Seven Deadly Sins Variety Pack

2007
dimenions vary
fabric and polyfill

I like the idea of the horrible, horrible sins created as plushie little objects to love and cuddle.  There’s something very child-like about this.  They aren’t historically accurate in regards to coloration that corresponds to the sins, but the correspondences are there for me:  fuzzy, blue Lust (which is actually supposed to be blue historically); transparent, red Wrath; purple, fuzzy, I-haven’t-moved-in-ages Sloth; lingum-shaped, professorial-brown-cordoroy Pride looking all pleased with himself; sly-eyed, green Envy; squishy, amorphous Gluttony; and grabby, lux Greed with tentacles included.  All wrapped up in their variety pack to be sent off to a hungry populous.

 

 

 

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half gallon of Gluttony

2008
fabric, polyfill, canning jar

half gallon of Gluttony is a continuation of the Seven Deadly Sins Variety Pack.  It reminds me of those toys when I was a small with the little, squishy critters that you then shoved into a plastic armature that was shaped to look like their home (a mouse with a bit of cheese, a turtle with a shell).  The same principle applies here, but there is the added fun of Gluttony kinda volumizing when he is removed from his jar and then trying to get him back in.

 

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3 thoughts on “soft sculpture and crocheted pieces

  1. I don’t have a website? Nor am i an artist, but i find your work truly inspiring. And after a solid week of being stuck in my first-year architectural rutt, i think i’m on my way.
    Many thanks.

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    1. Just wow! I’m glad that I could help you with your rut, and I’m delighted that you like my work. Don’t sell yourself short: architects are artists. Y’all are just a bit more regimented than the rest of us–which is really, really shiny.

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