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I\W: What do the hands, arms and eyes symbolize within your pieces?
Karolina Gnatowski: They are bad jokes. Because they are coming out of the walls, it is such a cheap trick and I really like those, from that 70s culture of production values. Things look like they are coming out of the wall—they obviously are not coming out of the wall—but there is something about that particular trick that I think invites a really easy suspension of disbelief. It also comes from watching a lot of horror movies and having things come through the wall. And then this idea of having the textile be a covering for the body, so that when you hang it on the wall the wall becomes a body and the potential for a person to be hiding behind there is kind of terrifying. It’s warm and it’s comfortable, but it’s also a big broad thing covering up something else.
(Karolina currently works out of a second floor studio in Garfield Park, but her beadwork, weavings and sculptures exist somewhere in the 1990s. With influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to horror films, Karolina seeks to expose the drama that lies behind her taut textiles.)
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