Crocheted table mats, impregnated with bright yellow resin and mounted on slender poles in such a way that they look as though they might fly away at any moment. This is Christine Hellyar’s “Pineapple Twists”, a work exhibited as part of the Walk of Art at the Auckland Botanical Gardens between November 2013 and February 2014.
Hellyar has said of her work that “The overall theme …is related to the domestication and socialisation of the found landscape.”
I have a great love of art that places human artifacts in the natural landscape. Fake flowers threaded in trees, crocheted leaves threaded, vine-like around lamp-posts; I love the interplay of nature and – particularly cheap mass-produced – representations of it.
The psychology behind this is probably complex, but I like to think of it as just taking a childish delight in simple colourful things that kind of belong, but still make us pause for thought.
Here are some other posts on the theme that I enjoyed: