Artist : Elana Herzog

Elana Herzog has been stapling textiles to walls for ten years. A strange combination unless you imagine the staples becoming a stitch attaching textile to the wall. What makes her work so endearing is what she does after she's applied thousands of staples to a blanket (I'm guessing she has a strong arm by now). She removes most of the blanket, leaving behind a ghost imprint of the orginal textile and pattern.

Untitled 2, 2001. Cotton chenille bedspread, metal staples, drywall, plywood
91.5 x 84 inches Elana Herzog

Untitled 2 detail, 2001. Cotton chenille bedspread, metal staples, drywall, plywood
91.5 x 84 inches Elana Herzog

I also fell in love with her collage work where she presses together textiles and paper pulp to create some wonderful patterns that remind me of, you guessed it, house lots.

Untitled 2010. Handmade cotton paper and textiles, 16 x 13 inches. Elana Herzog
Untitled 2010. Handmade abaca, textile, 11 x 14 inches. Elana Herzog
 To see lots more of Elana's work as well as many of her impressive installations, see her website here.


Kitty Kilian said...

They do look like housing lots indeed! From now on we will associate all square pieces of fabric with houses and foreclosures...

Ludid said...

i like the layering of paper and textiles in the next to the last photo.

kathrynclark said...

Aren't those collages great?! ;-) @Kitty!

Lari Washburn said...

yum yum YUM!

Victoria said...

The stapling and un-stapling of the fiber just blows me away. I would love to know what first made her decide to experiment with this. The resulting texture is fabulous, and I of course love that worn and weathered effect.

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

Lovely work! I always think i'm too neat and try to cross that border of myself.But here it looks not neat but it is.I have something to think about.
Thanks for showing!

anastasia said...

very interesting pieces! the paper pulp work has a lot of creative possibilities, i just love the textural element to her work.


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