Some photographs of my sister Christine’s “Light Content”, a series of stunning textile art. This is something that is difficult to show on photographs, but one can get an idea. I hope she will exhibit these works somewhere again so more people can see this. I am reblogging these pictures from http://christinekeller.net/blogs/projects/7985191-light-content.
These textiles contain some light reflecting fibers. From certain angles and without extra lighting, you hardly see these.
But if you shine light on the fabric and look at it from the right angle, the light shines back and the hidden picture becomes visible.
The weaving was done on a computer controlled loom and the reflecting fibers are woven into pictures derived from photographs. The rest of the fabric is is dyed in natural colors.
The pictures are normally invisible or hardly visible, but shine brightly if you shine light against the piece, so it is reactive or interactive in a way. In the exhibition shown here, visitors could take lamps and iluminate the pieces from different angels. The effect is really fascinating.
The same piece, viewed from the side, with and without ilumination:
Christine with some of her works:
The pictures used in these pieces show technical buildings like electrical towers or bridges. I am interpreting this as illustrating the tension between the natural and the artificial.
In her Artist’s Statement (http://christinekeller.net/pages/christine-keller) Christine refers to this work in particular. I have cited this section in one comment below.
(Pictures: Christine Keller, http://christinekeller.net/)