Back in February Agnes Hansella completed a breathtaking trio of macrame installations. The monumental works are one facet of the Jakarta-based artist practice, which includes large-format works and smaller wall hangings a few meters wide. “I don’t want to stick to one style, so I really use my instincts the most with each piece,” she says to Colossal. “I always see art as something that is constantly evolving. It’s like a relay race in which I am a part that connects the past and the future. “
Regardless of the size, every work by Hansella shows an extensive repertoire, as it mixes dyed and natural threads into a wide variety of combinations of threads, knots and ties. The intricately woven pieces range from geometric shapes and abstract rainbow glitches to an expansive mountain landscape that are direct products of the sights and sounds she has encountered throughout her life. Through interactions with her father’s native Dayak tribe and a childhood spent in Borneo, she saw woven baskets and textiles that continue to influence her work today, as well as the indigenous songs she heard while studying film in Canada.
Hansella sells much of their fiber-based work along with functional goods and accessories in her shop, and you can follow their latest projects, including a recently completed piece in Bahrain that is 48 meters wide and 4 meters long Instagram.
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