Creepy Cute Crochet Artist: Patricia Waller

Every Monday on this crochet blog I take a closer look at the work of one crochet artist. This week’s featured artist is Patricia Waller, a crochet artist born in Santiago Chile in 1962 who now lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Her crochet work is attention getting because of its subject matter. She crochets items that look fun and childlike and then adds a darker side to them. For example, she has done a piece called Who Killed Bambi? in which the deer in question has been attacked with a butcher knife and is bleeding. That’s some daringly different work for a crochet artist. I’m not even sure if I like it, exactly, but I definitely find it worthy of a second glance. And I definitely appreciate her skill with a crochet hook!

More about crochet artist Patricia Waller

spiderman crochet

Waller studied art at the graduate level in numerous places. She has worked as an art lecturer at the university level. And she has won awards for her work. One of the more interesting projects she did (in my opinion anyway) was back in the 1990’s when she tackled the subject of how computer technology has become so prevalent in society by doing crocheted or woven work of the subject. I’m always interested in the intersection between art and technology, especially as it applies to crochet.

Great description of Waller’s crochet art

In 2009 Waller had a gallery show titled Bad Luck. The preface of the catalog for that show, written by Andre Lindhorst, has a great description of her work. It reads, in part:

“With her stylistic tool—crocheted objects—the artist Patricia Waller from Berlin occupies a special place among artists working with needle and thread. She is a precise and critical observer of everyday life and has by now created a multifaceted “world theater.” Her ambiguous universe wrought from our turbulent modern existence is focused on art, commerce, technology, and pop culture, and by now consists of numerous thematic blocks. In a subversive tongue-in-cheek manner, Patricia Waller has mixed together the absurd and the bizarre, careful observations of everyday life and an interest in humanity that borders on the anthropological, to create these different phases of her work.

Her works may be picturesque homage to the heroes of high art, such as Vincent van Gogh or Picasso, or satirical commentary of the exalted rituals of the cultural industry. Or she might, in a wonderfully bizarre manner, poke fun at the affectations of the powerful or at macho swaggering, or create ironic parodies of gene technology or psychic phenomena. But it is quickly apparent that Patricia Waller’s œuvre is neither superficial nor does it invite harmless amusement. Rather it is anchored in the concrete world of daily experiences and its problems. What in some of her settings at first sight looks like harmony is deceptive, as the viewer will soon notice. The beholder senses that the evil and unimaginable may at any time disrupt the beautiful outward appearance of sheltered worlds.”

I’d definitely encourage you to read the entire three-page preface to the catalog.

Examples of Waller’s crochet art

Some notable examples of Patricia Waller’s art work include:

Who Killed Bambi

Crochet Prosthesis

Mouse and Cheese

Sado/Maso

These examples show some of the range of Waller’s crochet art. She does do some things that are cute. She also does some things that are really creepy. Most of her work lies somewhere in between.

Patricia Waller around the web

Are you interested in Patricia Waller’s work? Here is some more about her from around the web:

  • Crochet artist Patricia Waller’s website. This is the best place to see terrific pictures of all of Waller’s crochet art work.
  • Trendhunter also has a good gallery of many of her pieces of artwork.
  • Moviefone has a short piece with a reaction to Waller’s work.
  • The Reykjavik Grapevine has a great article about Waller’s work. That’s also where the top image on this site comes from.
  • 5 Examples of Extreme Crochet. I included her in my HubPages article on various extreme crochet stuff. That’s because her subject matter is extreme in comparison to what most people are crocheting.

Question

What do you think of the crochet art created by Patricia Waller? Is it cute or is it creepy?

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Kathryn

San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!

6 Comments:

  1. I think it’s ironic that an art stereotypically associated with women, older women, calmness, docility, etc. is used in this case to create violent pieces. I like the concept, but I’m not sure it’s anything I would ever keep in my own home.

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