Second Life

I collect unfinished, anonymous textile based hobby projects, photograph them as found, and then transform them into finished sculptures. The objects’ incompleteness is my road in. I start where this unknown person left off. I extract the love, frustration, boredom, eccentricities, or whatever other traces of  humanity that I can divine from the piece and let these characteristics take the lead. I am the final chapter in a story that unexpectedly stopped in time. Though separated from the author by time, the process of transforming these objects allows me to cross the boundaries that continue to persist between art and craft, the past and present, the young and elderly, what is old and new, technology and handmade, and between traditional techniques and conceptual art practices.


© vanessa yanow.