Dissolved into the fabric
Large hand-knit textile sculpture with large and small stitches and added lengths of waxed cotton string. Mounted on an interior frame of hand-bent metal. Colour range yellow, dark blue and chalk white.
‘Dissolved into the fabric’ focuses on the textures and form that result from decay, a reflection of lived life. Forms and colours dissolve, and new forms and surfaces arise in a continuous transformation from one state to another before the object eventually dissolves and reverts to the natural form of the inherent material. Another theme is the contrast between the taut constructed form to the natural drape and weight of the material itself. The knitting is allowed to transition from a more controlled expression, achieved with a mix of large and small stitches, to a loose, unrestrained form spilling over the floor. Engaging in a dialogue with the forms and textures of the San Simpliciano Cloister, the colours are inspired by frescos, midnight mass and the open midnight sky. The waxed cotton string contains a subtle reference to the many candles burning in the church, and the form expression of the sculpture echoes the pillars and arches framing the cloister as well as the life that has unfolded here, with added references to bird wings and nun’s veils.
Waxed cotton string, metal
H 245 x L 200 x W 200 cm
Textile artist, b. 1971
Isabel Berglund creates surprising, imaginative and often monumental works in hand-knit yarn. With this choice of artistic medium she reaches out to her audience with a familiar material and traditional techniques. In her artistic process, however, she transforms the traditional craft to create unusual, and often spectacular, objects to convey a symbolic image and to challenge our perception of reality. She combines elements from knitting with features from art and industrial design, adding deliberate twists in meaning. Her works have a sensuous, tactile character that invites people to reach out and interact with the objects. Throughout her artistic practice, her main themes are identity and surfaces, with the relationship between body and artwork as a key element. Her main source of inspiration is everyday life, people, words and objects, and she often rephrases and recasts mundane objects by combining them with a play on words or a novel conceptual framework.
Education and practice
2000: Master in Fashion Knitwear, Central Saint Martins College of Fashion and Textile, London
1997: Erasmus student, Textile Department, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
1997: Bachelor in Textile, The Danish Design School (now Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design)
Selected collaborations and collections
2016: ‘Monument of stitches’ is included in the permanent collection of Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design
2011: worked with and developed two products for droog
Selected grants and honours
2017: Danish Arts Foundation, working grant
2015: Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, grant
2015: Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, grant
2017: ‘Home Mask Relations’, solo exhibition, Schmidt Center Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, USA
2017: ‘Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London
2016: ‘Monument of Stitches’, solo exhibition, Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design, Kolding, Denmark
2015: ‘Floating island of pearls’ and ‘City of stitches’, installations, Fries Museum, the Netherlands