Elke Hülse’s Statement
“Sobrevivendo” (Surviving) was woven on a traditional vertical loom using a warp of two double threads per centimeter. Yarns from various sources, such as cotton, acrylics, wool, and fishing nets cut into strips, were used throughout the background area. As soon as the lockdown started in March 2020, I decided to use only materials that I had in my studio. Over the years working with weaving, I have accumulated many materials that are leftovers from the textile industry, as well as yarns purchased for my productions. This process made me realize that the materials also tell stories and are survivors. The challenge of using only the existing materials in the studio is to accurately calculate the supply and not exceed this amount in the execution of the work.
The image of the sea that I selected for this tapestry brings together different shades, movements, and textures and could be a photographed scene from any of the Earth’s oceans. It is a strong surviving image. Continuing the research that I have been developing over the last few years, weaving the faces of children of different nationalities and their singularities, I have selected nine faces of girls for this tapestry. Each one tells her story through the diversity of shapes, colors, and composition of the faces, but it is the expression of hope in their eyes that made me choose the title for the tapestry. So, continue to survive in harmony within the diversity of the water planet, collect your fishing nets, rethink your attitudes, reuse everything possible, renew only your ideas and immerse yourself in the sea of possibilities that reusing materials offers. Contemplate and act to continue surviving…
Elke Hülse’s Biography
I was born in 1961; Blumenau, Brazil. I undergraduated in Visual Arts, in 1983 and my Masters in Art History, in 2009. My first contact with tapestry technique on a high loom was at Ernesto Aroztegui’s workshop in 1982. I participated at Jean Pierre Larochette’s workshop in Florianópolis, Brazil, 1995/96. I took part at Sarah Swett and Larochette’s workshop in El Tuito, Mexico in 2011 and another meeting in El Tuito in 2013. I have a tapestry group, As Catarinas, for about 17 years and I currently mentor students online.
Recent group exhibitions: 2021 – 11th International Fiber Art Biennial: From Lausanne to Beijing, Tsinghua University Art Museum, Online Exhibition. (Excellence Award Certificate). 2020 – PRE-WTA BIENNIAL ONLINE – CHILE Work in Process – Online exhibition. Tropics: Damned, Orgasmic and Devoted, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/USA. Renditions:13th international, unjuried small format tapestry online exhibition by ATA. 2019 – 14th Bienal International from Curitiba – MASC Santa Catarina Art Museum, Florianópolis/Brazil. Fiber Arts 100 Years Bauhaus, Art Ventures Gallery, California/USA. Heallreaf 3, Surface Gallery and Espacio Gallery, London/UK. 8th WTA International Biennial of contemporary Textile Art, Small Format, Madrid/Spain. Tramares at Brazilian House Madrid/Spain 2018 – 10th Biennial From Lausanne to BeijingTsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing/China. 6th Triennial of Textile Art, Szombhately/Hungary.