During the seven weeks of '"Size Matters" we'll focus on individual artists here on our blog. Every week, several artists will be featured. Today, we're pleased to introduce to you: Chris Motley
|Indecision, side view|
I explore texture and form with fiber, using the techniques of knitting and fulling. The process of knitting can itself be a driving force in my art. Since hand knitting is a slow process, a design concept can emerge as I knit. Free from any preconceived notion of typical knitted fabric but armed with a lifetime of technique, a piece can emerge from pushing the boundaries of the stitches and I can explore three dimensions.
|Second Thoughts, side view|
A design will emerge as I am knitting, which is itself a meditative process for me. Alternatively, I see something or have a concept from the real world or in my head, unrelated to yarn at all, that triggers a curiosity to translate it to fiber. This is the case with the sculptural projects I am currently pursuing which involve body parts, particularly heads, hands and arms. I knit intuitively and make a new piece just by starting to knit without pre-planning, a wonderful exploration free of the confines of patterns or garments.
|Who's There, side view|