Mr X Stitch Presents: The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Megan Hansen-Knarhoi
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Megan Hansen-Knarhoi is a textile artist from New Zealand.
“Megan Hansen-Knarhoi is a contemporary New Zealand artist working predominantly in sculpture and site specific installation, investigating iconography, signs and symbols. Her work celebrates, scrutinises and satirises aspects of Christianity, creating friction between the sacred and profane, the positive and the negative, the beautiful and the ugly, and the physical and the cerebral. Her concepts are intertwined in the materials and rituals of the artworks she creates.
“Through the repetitive and obsessive-compulsive aspect of her work, certain rituals and beliefs are ex, posed as empty arbitrary and absurd. The discipline of making is confused with obsession, making the ritual in a sense obsolete and meaningless but ironically, by its very devotion and proliferation, profound.”
I find these works to be incredibly powerful. The technique of constructing the work is really dramatic and adds gravitas to the work.
The pieces feel like real-life Gods appearing before us, as though we were in a Guillermo Del Toro film. Amazing and, quite frankly, rather unsettling. It’s great stuff.
Visit Megan’s website to see more of her work. It’s excellent.
The Cutting & Stitching Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the must-have embroidered art book by Mr X Stitch !