With an extra ordinarily well-developed sense for composition and colour work, Lulu Kaalund’s approach to crochet is rare. Working intuitively and only by hand, she often commences without a set strategy; the works emerge slowly and organically, spanning wearable pieces to large scale tapestries. In her first solo exhibition with Eighteen, the artist has worked in a multitude of formats; vibrating between sculpture and painting, intimate and finely meshed pieces (35×40 cm) as well as large and loosely composed works (300×500 cm) are presented on the walls, lying on the floor, or wrapped around a body. Betokening stamina and patience on the verge of the manic, the largest pieces are undertakings that evolve over months of labour – material witnesses to the passage of time and to an artistic process that is at once meditative and strenuous. Gripped by an urge to create, Kaalund appears as a medium destined to deliver wild, seductive, and self-willed works to us from another plane of existence.
Defying the traditional associations of crochet, the artist always brings her yarns and needles along while travelling the world. The exhibition borrows its title from a conversation between Winnie the Pooh and Piglet from the film Winnie the Pooh and the Bulstery Day (1968), serving as a tongue-in-cheek play on the contrast between the domestic history of her craft and the nomadic nature of her process.
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