Tjitske Storm, Zebra & Ostrich, NL, 2022
New Zealand wool and messing chains
150.39h x 46.46w in
382h x 118w cm
Renowned contemporary fiber artist Tjitske Storm is celebrated for her captivating tapestries that delve into the natural world while seamlessly merging age-old craftsmanship with modern technology. Storm’s art embodies the convergence of contrasting realms, where the fluid elegance of organic forms intersects with meticulously crafted geometric compositions. Her creative journey commences with high-resolution photography and culminates in vivid digital collages that achieve a graceful equilibrium between recognizable components and intricate abstract structures. By integrating digital techniques into her work, Storm revitalizes the ancient art of tactile craftsmanship, firmly situating it within the contemporary landscape. Her pieces illuminate the interplay between diverse species, juxtaposing the digital and the tactile, abstract and detailed elements, and geometric and organic aspects. Through her exploration and harmonization of these contradictions and perspectives, both conceptually and visually, Storm aspires to “rewild the world,” essentially aiming to re-establish humanity’s connection with the natural world.
Storm’s limited-edition tufted tapestry collection, “The Art of Living Together,” draws inspiration from her travels across Angola and South Africa. Within this series, she skillfully translates her fascination with evolution and the natural phenomenon of symbiosis. Symbiosis, a major driver of evolution, involves the cooperation of animals, plants, fungi, and organisms to ensure mutual survival by contributing to each other’s support. This intricate relationship between dissimilar species often entails a long history of interdependent co-evolution.
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