Designer Alexandra Kehayoglou (previously) creates beautiful items of flowing textiles that reference the rugged landscapes of her homeland, Argentina. Within the creation of every tapestry, Kehayoglou transforms surplus carpet cloth into pure parts that vary from a spectrum of Earth-colored mosses to clusters of bushes and serpentine rivers that lower by way of the guts of her weaves. Entwined inside every bit are fragments of the artist’s personal recollections, together with witnessing waterways slowly recede and the alterations to Argentina’s grasslands.
Her newest works, a collection known as Prayer Rugs, depict animal footprints and small vegetative options of the Parana Wetlands situated 50 kilometers from Buenos Aires. Lately, the area’s biodiversity has been decimated by the wooden and paper industries, which have facilitated the expansion of non-native plant species which have since unfold uncontrolled. Moreover, human-made fires wreaked havoc throughout 2020, whereas livestock concurrently trampled the once-luscious grassland.
Kehayoglou’s items doc the foliage that has survived after years of this widespread exploitation and the way, over time, native fauna has began to reappear: thistles develop by way of cracks within the dry Earth, deer depart mud-splattered tracks, and chirping bugs dance upon youthful leaves. The artworks narrate the wetland’s change and progress, reflecting the ache attributable to capitalism whereas turning the necessity for grow to be tapestries that reference Argentinians’ hope. Kehayoglou says:
Isolation made me consider my carpets as areas the place new types of activism might be enacted. A kind of activism that as an alternative of specializing in paranoid battle was silent, absorptive and, as I consider, more practical. My carpets, thus, turned devices for documenting ‘minor’ points of the land, which had been in any other case ignored as irrelevant. A concentrate on its micro-narratives that will open new doorways for doable ecological futures.
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