The art of crochet is mostly linked to friendly grandmas and vintage interiors. But for Philadelphia-based artist, Caitlin McCormack, crochet is the perfect medium for her spine-chilling creations.
Using discarded textile materials, covered with enamel paint, this artist creates skeletal looking creatures that clash with the gentle art of crochet. Some of her creations include the reconstruction of animal or human bones, that are then encased in glass jars. Those remind of scientific specimens from a time gone by.
Working from her studio in South Philly, McCormack says that she “crochets to forget the world, in the chaos of her slovenly, nest-like studio.”
By using a crocheting technique passed on in her family, McCormack says she “aim[s] to generate emblems of my diminishing bloodline, embodied by each organism’s skeletal remains.”
Scroll down for some of her eye-popping work.
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Very early stages of turning one of my drawings into a fleshy thing. There’s crocheted material in there, in some places, plus beads, and Glob knows what else. It’s pretty big. The bones are squishy, just like mine. . . . #wip for an upcoming show at @paradigmgs #newcontemporary #newcontemporaryart #biosurrealism #skeleton #anatomicalart #fiberart #fibersculpture #sculpture #sewing #craft #art #instaartist #bones #bonerz