I realize that crafty (and often cliché) creations have been at the center of the hipster universe for some time now, but I'm still blown away by things that are unexpected and have been painstakingly handcrafted. Guerrilla knitting, for example, always stops me dead in my tracks. Yeah, that tree is beautiful, but there's something magical about seeing it swathed in bright colors and knowing someone cared enough to decorate it in such a unique way. I felt the same way when I first saw Patricia Waller's work -- except her twisted subject matter is what made me do a double take. The Chilean artist's morbidly brilliant creations are humorous, well-crafted and like urban crafting -- they go beyond your expectations of the medium.
Waller crochets things like shark attack victims, prosthetic limbs and roadkill. Even the things she makes that are "normal" and cutesy are disturbing -- like her piece Sucking Pig, which looks like a prop from the cartoon version of a Nine Inch Nails video. Most curious to me about her body of work is the idea that crochet is this very active medium, which produces a very inactive piece of art. Waller then transforms the work back into something active by creating a snapshot of an action or a moment in time. The dead bunny in Pitchfork isn't just laying on the ground -- Waller has crocheted a pitchfork sticking out of the animal's body and the blood splatter that would go along with. We can actually imagine a deranged gardener just having stabbed the poor creature. Her work often encompasses multiple pieces, like in Accident 1: Bicycle Accident where the boy who appears to have just been hit by a car, has rolled away from his crocheted bicycle. Good stuff!
Check out a few of my favorite pieces after the jump and visit Waller's website to see more of her creepy crocheted creations.