Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mixed Media Artist Knits Sculptures with Found Objects



Evejacobs Carnahan is a mixed media artist who specializes in knitted sculptures. She explores human interactions with the natural world through her sculptures. She wants to address the prevalent issue in her work how human behavior is impacting our environment and its inhabitants. Each sculpture is first hand carved by the artist into foam then using the wire an armature is formed which is covered by mulberry paper for strength.

To display how people affect the planet the artist incorporates found objects into her sculptures. For example, birds’ legs or beaks are made from broken forks, plants and flowers are made with metal screws and electronic parts. "We had a new roof put on our house this summer, and I collected a pile of nails and screws that the construction crew dropped. Toes for birds? Spikes for a fence? I don’t know yet, but I’m saving them."

To add texture and color to her sculpture the artist makes use of yarn. "Using yarn to depict plants and animals creates an association between nature and society. It ties the life of the soil to our home life. It illuminates the bond between people and earth."

Her work has won national and regional awards. Her sculptures were featured in Lela Nargi’s survey of knitted art, Astounding Knits! 101 Spectacular Knitted Creations and Daring Feats.