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THE RUGGED ENVIRONMENT

Woven landscapes by Alexandra Kehayoglou

8th Mar 2017

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Alexandra Kehayoglou is a visual artist who makes large sculptures mainly out of textile materials. The pieces are made with surplus materials from the family-run factory, El Espartano which has been manufacturing industrial carpets and rugs for more than 60 years.

Her work includes a catalogue of memories of various native landscapes that she has visited and wishes to document; they are memories that have undergone hyper-preservation in the form of carpeted snapshots. Her pastizales (grasslands), fields, shelters, tapestries and shields are like sublime realities which a consumer can not only enjoy through contemplation, but also often in a practical sense. Each piece is unique, using a texture, weave and palette that cannot be repeated, and has been created using long-established family hand-weaving methods.

In 2014, Alexandra’s work became world-renowned as part of one of the most outstanding catwalks at Paris Fashion Week. This was due to her collaboration with the Belgian designer, Dries Van Noten, who sponsored her and for whom she created her largest work to date, 50 metres long, called Before and After.

In 2016, she debuted the installation rug piece, No Longer Creek at Art Basel, in the Design at Large program – raising awareness for the decimation of the Raggio creek in Buenos Aires.

Her most recent work, Repoussoir for a New Perspective, was exhibited in the Onassis Foundation of New York, as part of the Antigone Now festival. With this, she addressed the transformation process of the geological phenomenon at the lunar-like island of Milos in the Cyclades, causing the extinction of enriched minerals.

Widely recognised for her immense creative talent, Alexandra and her work have also become established worldwide as proponents of environmental awareness, and using her notoriety to campaign against deforestation and ecological devastation. 

Alexandra Kehayoglou; alexkeha.com

Instagram: @alexkeha