Pacific Plastic, 2016
Hand Knit Wool Fulled, and Plastic, Sewn and Stitched
My art is an exploration of texture, color and form to create works reflecting a mood or societal condition, using the infinite possibilities of hand knitting as my medium. I derive ideas from observations of my surroundings, its activities and character.
Fiber is a wonderfully dynamic medium with which I can convey my concept. Having learned to knit from my mother as a child, I am now free from any notion of patterns, but am armed with a lifetime of technique. Wool can evolve into any shape, with any color, and I can thus create my own expression. It’s a wonderful exploration after a career in a left brain job.
The process of knitting is also instrumental as a driving force in my art. From this meditative process, a design can emerge as I knit; I push the boundaries of the stitches to translate an image or concept from my head or the real world to fiber.
This piece Plastic Pacific reflects my interestin using my stitches to give a visual picture of our incessant use of plastic and its impending destruction of the Pacific Ocean.
– Chris Motley (San Francisco, CA)