prism

textile inspired art

prism

textile inspired art

Irena Wilmott

Irena’s practice explores the nature of boundaries. It poses questions about what is happening at, around and between boundaries. It is specifically concerned with the “boundaryhood” of objects , the relationship to the “other” – leading me to consider juxtaposition, fragility, permeability, the edges.
In placing a material such as felt, in exchange with other materials or elements (such as iron, gold and copper), I explore felts’ distinctive and haptic qualities. These include its capacity to absorb, filter, protect, hold warmth, impact on and reveal what happens when one material or force of energy ( eg her own body or part thereof) crosses the boundary to meet an “other.”
In so doing, her work questions taken for granted notions of value, what is hard, what is soft, what is the nature of the relationship, where, if at all, are there tensions at the boundary and how this affects the space between.
In seeking to understand how the gap may or may not be bridged at these boundaries, Irena explores different ways (or not) of repairing the crack or the “wound, “ to suggest and challenge commonly accepted notions and attitudes towards damage and breakdown by alluding to potential positive, indeed transformational, possibilities and outcomes.

Royston, Hertfordshire,UK