I create sculptures and installations using found fabric and string, and my work speaks to the struggle, resilience, and vulnerability of queer community in a heteronormative society.

I seek to queer everyday materials. I create objects that are at once strange and comforting, asking the viewer to rethink ubiquitous materials. In recent work, I use soft flannel bed sheets and sew plush, abstract forms I lovingly call my Blobs. Carefully constructing each Blob feels like bringing a unique queer being into the world. Filling rooms with piles of these queer objects feels revolutionary. I install the sculptures to intertwine and support one another. Each piece holds pain as well. I show this on the mottled and abject surface design of the pieces: I stain and dye the textile skins of the sculptures with residue of kitchen scrap natural dye, rust, mold, and ink. I purposefully limit my own control of the designs as I stain the textiles. I then carefully stitch the forms with pink and purple thread.

Along the same goals of queering ubiquitous materials, I have been shredding cloth into string and constructing knit tapestries. In a recent piece, I shredded a woven flannel shirt―a notable cultural item in my queer community―into string, and knit the piece into an entirely new form. I am enamored with the visceral sound of ripping and repetitive act of shredding, the varied delicate and sturdy strands that I create, and the surprising, fluid forms that emerge when I knit the string into a new cloth.

I am based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

vatinamm@gmail.com

www.instagram.com/vatina_

All photo and video documentation by Nanne Sorvold: www.instagram.com/nannesorvold

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