Artists nowadays have become more and more creative and out-of-the-box with the medium they choose to express their work. So when Shanell Papp, an innovative artist from Lethbridge, Canada wanted to show her artwork by exploring the human body in another form and description, she chose a method that hasn’t yet been done. The medium she used excited her just as much as the theme of her artwork. Yes, this material has been around for a long time, but it definitely hasn’t showcased something as intricate as the human body. What is it, you ask? Crochet.
“I began crocheting from books. It was part of my whole fascination with textiles and string. My grandmother ran a junk shop and I was encouraged to take textile materials and examine old projects. I began to teach myself to sew, knit, crochet, rug hook, macrame, etc. I kinda had a weird set up as a kid. Spare time and a junk shop to pick through.” Papp told Bored Panda.
It took Papp a total of eight months to complete her project. Half of the time was used to complete the whole skeleton, while the other remaining four months was used to create all the internal organs.
“I was curious about the human body and I wanted to make a human body. I was interested in medical history and how we attempt to solve everything, but we are fragile.”
To be able to create something as close to the real deal as she could get, the artist went to a university to actually borrow a human skeleton. She also collected and studied anatomical textbooks.
“I was interested in medicine and applied to become an x-ray technician, but never attended. I stayed in art school, I wanted to continue learning new skills with my hands and I loved talking about art. Otherwise, I still read many books on medical history, death, and crime. I am interested in knowing about all the things that scare me.”
“[The whole project] was kinda tricky, but I found it interesting to figure out. I really enjoyed making all the vertebrae, because they were like unique granny squares. Like tiny puzzles.”
She added that “this project encouraged me to make more textile work. I was in art school at that time focusing on photography and made this as an independent studio project. Textiles were my secret skill that never had a celebrated place in contemporary art and art schools. It had no conceptual potential, it was just seen as a craft. I think this piece pushed me to push the medium and seek out other artists who work like me.”
People couldn’t believe the artist’s attention to detail and the amount of skill, originality and determination she gave to complete her artwork. Check out the comments Papp received about her crochet skeleton.
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