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.
Magnhild Kennedy, the Norwegian artist also known as Damselfrau, crafts intricate masks that mix fine art and fashion. She makes these pieces with both textiles and found objects. In a statement, the artist offers her own explanation of this approach:
In Alexandra Kehayoglou’s functional wool rugs are landscapes and waterways of her native Argentina. Often her works are tethered to news stories in these regions, describing areas transformed by manmade, destructive behavior. These massive pieces offer both aerial views and classical depictions of real-life representations of the natural world.
Sophia Narrett’s painterly approach to embroidery results in elaborate, startling scenes. Her themes traverse escapism, psychology, and sexuality. Each section of the work brings its own surprising sharpness, with a certain visceral quality resulting from the material.
The embroidered monsters of Tracy Widdess add an unexpected texture to the horror genre. The Vancouver artist has called her practice “brutal knitting.” And with her talents in crafting textile fright, she embodies that label with both wearable and standalone pieces.
Jannick Deslauriers uses textiles to create ghostly, massive sculptures. Whether it’s a time-worn car or a cityscape, her works appear as structures that can be passed through. She uses darker threads as her “pencil outlines,” blending textures and techniques to create pieces that resemble little else.