The strange textile sculptures of Etc. and the Madness subvert humanity in their writhing forms. For some, the creatures may resemble the pop culture-Internet-born villain Slenderman. But Etc.’s characters are decidedly less sinister, and are more disconcerting in how their casual, slumped existences.
“In my ‘Mirror’ pieces, I have tried to get as close to reproducing the human creature as possible,” the artist says, on the “Mirroring Reality” series. “The shape is right, the size, the clothes, the body language. But something is off. Something is wrong. We wish for it to be the sorrowful and harsh situations they are posed in. But it is not.”
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Close up of the wise Ho'udin. When I make my scupltures I often have a very specific idea in mind when I start off. But while at Arteles, I let the fabrics decide who lived in the filds and creases and seams. Inspired by the fairytale forrest outside the workspace and by emotional states inside of me, these creatures came to life. #textileart #tekstilkunst #art #kunst #sculpture #skulptur #arteles #artelescreativecenter #finland #finnishforrests #forrest #creature #cometolife #shapegiver #formgiver #textileartist #evammengelhardt