Penelope Is In A Constant State Of Construction / Deconstruction

Penelope Is In A Constant State Of Construction / Deconstruction

In 2011, Brazilian artist Tatiana Blass draped a Sao Paulo chapel with large masses of red yarn, letting the bright material trail into the surrounding areas. The installation, titled Penelope, was named after Odysseus’s wife in Homer’s Odyssey.

The piece, just like the epic poem, leaves us to wonder whether the work is in a state of construction or unraveling, if the carpet is being built, or slowly torn apart, i.e. it creates an ambiguous movement of construction and de-construction, in reference to the Greek myth.

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Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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