Nov. 6th 2008 to Jan. 3rd 2009
California Nano-Systems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
IN THE EXHIBITION:
I started doing some research about cancer. I learned that histologists look for the “appearance” of the cells in the tissue. They know that the mutated cell is a deviant. It is literary an ugly version of the healthy cell. Disproportionate, weak, different. Yet, the appearance in itself is not enough to define its most important characteristic, the very aspect that portrays this disease as a dynamic, defiant entity, with its own willingness. That willingness is to grow and to spread.
Using crochet, I simulated some of the behaviors of tumoral and cancerous cells, such as abnormal excessive replication and metamorphic appearance. The knitting mimics the way healthy tissue, metaphorically illustrated by the regular stitches, appears disfigured when the disease infiltrates its weaving.
Knitting became the medium of choice because its meditative process allows the growth of complex organic forms, stitch by stitch, mimicking the way nature builds from the bottom up, cell by cell…
and most specifically the act of hand-knitting garments and blankets,
embodies the notions of domesticity and protection of the human body.
It relates to the body’s need to feel safe, comforted, and in this
sense, it addresses the vulnerability of human life.