Have you ever seen such interesting knit work? Yet again, knitting provides an explosively creative medium for artists.
Tatyana Yanishevsky is a Rhode Island-based artist who has been exhibited numerous times, written about loads, and featured in a plethora of critics’ choices. She creates oversized yarn sculptures of living things—namely plants, human organs, and sea creatures.
“I’m really interested in the dichotomy of something warm and fuzzy, something grandmotherly like knitting and flowers, and just by shifting the scale, you get this weird plant human plant interaction, like they are alien creatures,” says Tatyana, who studied in the field of botany.
Her most striking pieces are giant, anatomically correct versions of plants (including a five-foot-wide Hibiscus blossom), and she also incorporates glowing lights and moving mechanisms to complete some of them. Every piece is hand-knit with different fibers and stitches to capture the unique textures and forms within the plant kingdom. The process of knitting, stitch by stitch, mimics the growth of a plant, cell by cell.
“At first, I had a lot of faith in yarn as the medium in which I could do anything. You can increase all these different ways. The end result leans to the right, or to the left. Knitting can’t lie! It’s about the direct process, no layers being built up like in painting or sculpture. If you mess up, you take it out. But it has to be honest.”
Coming up for Tatyana is Knit, Purl, Sow at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, an exhibit featuring her work. The exhibit opens October 1st 2014, and will be going on through January 22nd, 2014.