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Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School. MFA Degree Show 2019. Bewilder by Kristin Leigh Knoll

Exhibition  /  SchoolsDegreeShow2019  /  30 Jan 2020  -  01 Feb 2020
Published: 26.01.2020
Cartavetra
Management:
Brunella Baldi
.

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Intro
I am fascinated by the friction between existing societal norms, and our intimate inner lives as individuals. Much like surrealist sculptors May Ray or Méret Oppenheim, I hope to puncture the thin veneer of reality and tap into the subconscious mind. I aim to create works that bewilder, using a contradiction of logic in function, in association with the physical senses. In this series, archetypes that reference societal roles are transformed to express individual tensions with that norm.

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Kristin Leigh Knoll
Cut, stitch, heat, repeat. I transform fresh ginger-root, an everyday kitchen ingredient, into a sensuous and malleable patchwork lace through hand-embroidery techniques and the use of a domestic oven. I stitch thick slices of raw ginger with white or colored cotton-floss and heat them slowly at low temperatures. Because ginger is composed of 79% water, it shrinks when exposed to heat, allowing the threads to expand and change in color gradation unevenly. After exposure to air for 2-3 days, the root further stiffens up. The end result of this repetitive process offers touch sensations of soft and hard in addition to a strong, immediate, and triggering smell.

I file and scour industrial laser-cut steel elements with kitchen sponges until arriving at a soft matte finish. I combine shapes together using cold-connections of twisted steel wire, ultimately resulting in a metal grid with sharply-edged protrusions that is defensive in character.

I manipulate our cultural tropes by using a combination of individual material elements that arrive at “completion” like pieces of a puzzle. Visually, a composition created piece by piece generates the effect of an all expansive field, without beginning or end. References to the domestic such as the apron, oven mitt, and bib are pixelated, creating a surface that questions the usability of form, flickering in and out of 3D.

/ Kristin Leigh Knoll

Opening

30th of January 30th, Thursday, 6:30 pm.

Hours

31st of January, Friday, 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
1st of February, Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm, 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
Kristin Leigh Knoll. Piece: Mantle, 2018. Ginger, cotton thread.. 102 x 26 cm. Photo by: Lucy Plato Clark. From series: Bewilder. Kristin Leigh Knoll
Piece: Mantle, 2018
Ginger, cotton thread.
102 x 26 cm
Photo by: Lucy Plato Clark
From series: Bewilder
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Kristin Leigh Knoll. Piece: Apron, 2019. Steel, ginger, cotton thread.. 40 x 46 cm. Photo by: Lucy Plato Clark. From series: Bewilder. Kristin Leigh Knoll
Piece: Apron, 2019
Steel, ginger, cotton thread.
40 x 46 cm
Photo by: Lucy Plato Clark
From series: Bewilder
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Kristin Leigh Knoll. Piece: Oven Mitt #1, 2019. Steel, ginger, cotton thread.. 14 x 20 cm. Photo by: Federico Cavicchioli. From series: Bewilder. Kristin Leigh Knoll
Piece: Oven Mitt #1, 2019
Steel, ginger, cotton thread.
14 x 20 cm
Photo by: Federico Cavicchioli
From series: Bewilder
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Kristin Leigh Knoll. Piece: Oven Mitt #4, 2019. Steel, ginger, cotton thread.. 13 x 27 cm. Photo by: Federico Cavicchioli. From series: Bewilder. Kristin Leigh Knoll
Piece: Oven Mitt #4, 2019
Steel, ginger, cotton thread.
13 x 27 cm
Photo by: Federico Cavicchioli
From series: Bewilder
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Kristin Leigh Knoll. Piece: Bib, 2019. Ginger, cotton thread.. 28 x 40 cm. Photo by: Federico Cavicchioli. From series: Bewilder. Kristin Leigh Knoll
Piece: Bib, 2019
Ginger, cotton thread.
28 x 40 cm
Photo by: Federico Cavicchioli
From series: Bewilder
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