Invented Biology

“I dye, paint and stitch silk and wool to create boldly colored biomorphic wallhangings inspired by microscopic/cellular imagery – a kind of visual invented biology with textiles.”

Fiber artist, Karen Kamenetzky, creates a kind of ‘invented biology’, inspired by microscopic and cellular imagery, with works zooming in on that fundamental nature of things and bringing it into vision. She works loosely from sketches but each piece travels a route of evolution and change.

Continuity, 2012, 82″W x 44″H, Artist dyed silk and wool, yarn, Machine and hand stitched.

Artist Statement

My biomorphic fiber wall hangings are inspired by the lines and patterns of microscopic/cellular imagery which I find visually and metaphorically rich. All changes in essence happen on that infinitesimal level and result in the world we experience. My work is a kind of invented biology zooming in on that fundamental nature of things and bringing it into vision.

Beginning with undyed silk, wool and other fibers, I add vibrant saturated color using dye and paint as well as adding dimension and textures through the process of wet felting. Dense stitching adds lines of light and shadow and color. I love the soothing tactile pleasure of handling and creating with fiber.

Cultivating Connections II, 2014, 31″w x 45″h. Artist dyed wool and silk, yarns. Hand and machine stitched.

 

Roots of Rhythm X, 2015, 25″w x 31.5″h. Artist dyed silk, wool and other fibers, yarns. Wet felting,hand and machine stitched.

 

Seed Dreaming I, 2010, 31″w x 34″h. Artist dyed and painted silk,cotton cord,embroidery threads. Machine and hand stitched.

 

Seed Dreaming V, 2016, 28.5″w x 38″h. Artist dyed silk,wool and mulberry bark, cotton cord, yarn, rug padding. Wet felted, machine and hand stitched.

 

Seed Dreaming VI, 2016, 28.5″w x 38″h. Artist dyed silk and mulberry bark, rug padding. Machine and hand stitched.

 

Seed Dreaming VII, 2016, 30″w x 38.5″h. Artist and commercially dyed silk, cotton cord, rug padding. Machine and hand stitched.

 

The Possibilities Are Endless I, 2019, 31.5″w x 47″h. Artist dyed silk charmeuse, machine & hand stitched.

 

The Possibilities are Endless II, 2019, 34″w x 31″h. Artist dyed silk charmeuse, machine & hand stitched.

 

The Possibilities Are Endless III, 2020, 28″w x 34″h. Artist dyed silk charmeuse,embroidery thread. Machine & hand stitched.

 

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www.karenkamenetzky.com

All images copyright and courtesy of Karen Kamenetzky

 

 

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