ELENA REDAELLI – Follow the Thread

Italiano (Italian)


Making Soft Water
Two felt panels cm. 150 x 150
Print on textile drawing cm. 150 x 150
The sound file: “making soft water” completes the project
Listen HERE 

“Making Soft Water” inquires into the material as a carrier of meaning, a dynamic, changeable matter inter-connecting different substances. Water permeates bodies, crossing their membranes, and teaches us that, unlike isolated entities, we are all part of a vast system of interconnections. Watermakes us equal and fluid entities. My work is a visual investigation of the impermanence of water. As it does on the surface of the planets, water, while disappearing, leaves its memory on the wool, creating cracks, holes, caves and valleys: a succession of blanks and creases, voids and solids, with a proper
and humans are invisibly archived. Written on the surface of these panels is the result of deep contamination or a secret way of communicating among elements. We, humans, are a part of this system of interdependency, small drops of something bigger. The sound of felt making reminds us of the circularity of oceanic eddies, water and wool becoming a soft surface, human gestures kneading and compressing matter, binding fibre after fibre into a mass with new properties. Wool mimics rock; water creates both.

*inspired by the concept of Hydro feminism in Astrida Neimanis: “Hydrofeminismò: on becoming a body of water.”(in Undutiful Daughters: Mobilizing Future Concepts, Bodies and Subjectivities in Feminist Thought and Practice,eds. Henriette Gunkel, Chrysanthi Nigianni and Fanny Söderbäck. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)


Elena Redaelli creates projects that seamlessly exchange with theenvironment and the public. Sheemploys a combination ofresearch and production techniques to create public art, site-responsive,and environmentally conscious works characterised byextensive manual labour, craft techniques, andorganic processes.She explores the transformation, generation, and decay of matterand challengesthe boundaries of authorship and activeintervention, applying fluid methods where improvisationandexchange encourage the interplay of different species,animate and inanimate beings. Redaelli ispassionate aboutmaking and values ancient practices such as hand-weaving,knitting, crocheting,felting, embroidery, and paper-making. She isalso committed to environmental sustainability,researching andpromoting the use of natural, recycled, and local materials. With aMaster of Fine Artsfrom UCA in London and an MA in Sculpturefrom the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome, Redaelli hasdeveloped herpractice through art residencies, site-specific projects, andsymposiums worldwide.


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