machine knitted wool, knitting needles
2000 × 680 × 380 mm
installed at firstsite at the Minories Art Gallery, Colchester
Craft Kills is a self-portrait based on the well-recognised image of Saint Sebastian being martyred. Instead of arrows piercing my skin I have knitting needles. The title immediately brings to mind the old adage of “dying for your art” but what I am much more concerned with is the stereotypical image that craft, and in particular knitting, has, of being a passive, benign activity. How would it be if craft was considered as dangerous or subversive? Since conceiving of this piece the world suffered the events of September 11th and its aftermath. You can no longer fly with knitting needles in your hand luggage. Knitting is now classed as a dangerous activity.
(Statement written for Flexible 4: Identities catalogue, 2004)
Photography: Douglas Atfield