Thursday, 12 September, 2013
Fransje Killaars is a remarkable colorist that approaches her medium – textiles – in challenging and innovative ways that are as much cultural statements as they are vigorously conceptual. Killaars places color at the center of her practice, production, and viewer's experience. Her installations exist in a space that merges art, architecture, fashion, and interior design, Her most common formats are carpets and bedspreads, or walls covered with textiles, which she has made in a handloom mill in India. These, and the inclusion of the human figure in the form of mannequins, are the most frequent components of her installations. The embodied shapes evoke associations to historic and contemporary representations of women. In Color at the Center, her textiles also take the form of everyday objects such as walls, beds, or are stacked on chairs.
Killaars' primary media has strong associations with the handwork of craft traditions. At the same time, her work is also discussed within the context of deskilling, the continued removal of the artist's hand from the creation of art, an artistic practice embraced by artists primarily with the advent of Modernism.
Killaars will be lecturing on her exhibition in the Ewing Gallery on Thursday September 12, 2013 at 7:30pm in the McCarty Auditorium.