October 1, 2013–January 22, 2014
Artist Reception: Sunday, Oct. 6 | 2–4 p.m.
Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery
Knit, Purl, Sow brings together textile and knitting artists in an exhibit ranging from finely detailed botanical renderings to expressionistic plants and landscapes that will inspire a new appreciation for natural forms.
A Soviet-born artist living in the United States, Tatyana Yanishevsky’s work draws strongly from the natural world and is informed by her training and experience as a biologist. Her main body of work, The Knit Garden, is a collection of anatomically correct botanical forms created out of yarn. Each piece is hand-knitted using a variety of fibers, colors, and stitches to re-create the various organs of the plant, and the knitting process, stitch by stitch, conceptually mimics plant growth. Her sculptures vary in scale and range in form and style from realistic toward abstraction.
New York–based Australian artist Ruth Marshall’s work is a synthesis of concepts relating to conservation and visually interpreting natural forms in flora and fauna. “Exploring the precarious balance of our human relationship to nature reacquaints society to the world that we are in danger of losing. My work aims to communicate through science, nature, fine art, and a high level of craftsmanship all the inherent drama in the decline of this relationship, to respect the impressive will of the wild kingdom, and to fuel the search for survival.” She has become internationally known for her hand-knit pelts of exotic animals endangered by the illegal skin trade; for this exhibit, Marshall has created a life-size lotus.
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Santiago Venegas has lived in New York City for twelve years, and makes work that explores the relationship between textiles and their environmental impact. For this exhibit he has created a sweater that blends fashion and flora using locally sourced yarn that has been naturally dyed.