Penelope, the fiber artwork aims to connect

"Penelope" an exhibition by Tatiana Blass

Tatiana Blass’ s installation called Penelope is an impressive fiber artwork which creates the feeling of construction and deconstruction at the same time. Borrowing its name from Greek myth, “Penelope” is a tribute to the power of love and the praxis of weaving.

14mt length woven red carpet starts from the gate of the museum chapel and pass through the holes of the pedal loom and extends its threads from inside of the building to its backyard. Artist Blass juxtaposes materials, spaces and actions showcasing hard and soft materials, woven and unraveled, interior and exterior.

The functional direction  of the loom is interesting and unusual.  In reality, the origin of the weaving starts with the weaver but in this artwork there is no weaver, threads replac the  performer and exceed its limits, reaches out to the nature and climbs to the trees and greenery outside replacing the person who does the work. The project as a whole reveals the complexity of textiles.  The red yarn materials connect with nature and do change its look by changed seasons. During fall,  the garden is dominated by the bright red colors of the threads whereas in spring the greenery of the garden hides the contrast of red tangled threads.

The red yarns almost give an impression of blood vessels  as if they are living organisms. The fibers mix in enigmatic form with the building space and with nature of  this historical church in Argentina. Lidewij Edelkoort  comments “Blass’ installation aims to connect the internal and external worlds of belief through a web of tangled wool, yet it is unclear whether the carpet is in the process of being woven or unraveled (as goes the tale of Penelope)”.

Penelope the fiber arts project

tatiana Blass carpet

Penelope red carpet in Morumbi church

Penelope red carpet in Morumbi church

red chenille yarns and wool

Penelope before and After, september and March

Carpet, loom, wool and chenille yarns in september

Penelope project red yarns

Photos by Everton Ballardin

Artist Tatiana Blass, Chapel of Morumbi, in São Paulo

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ref. sources trendtablet, tatianablass

written by Tijen Samuray Öztek (designmixer)


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