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Fibers Turn to Flesh in Ophelia Arc’s Haunting Sculptures cover

Fibers Turn to Flesh in Ophelia Arc’s Haunting Sculptures

Like carcasses hung from meat hooks, emerging artist Ophelia Arc’s fiber sculptures submit to the relentless tug of gravity as yarn mimics flesh falling from bone.

The multidisciplinary artist’s work incorporates new media—sound, video, and projection—to amplify sinewy fiber sculptures that resemble raw, open wounds. “I'm drawn towards dichotomies and the ways in which they can be dissected and psychoanalyzed,” she writes in her artist statement. “Common themes I like to explore are growth within rot, obsession within ritual, and the parasitic tendencies of symbiotic relationships.”

Incorporating sound, video, and projection into her work, emerging artist Ophelia Arc explores psychic rot, ritualistic obsession, and parasitic tendencies.
‘my dearest amanda’
Incorporating sound, video, and projection into her work, emerging artist Ophelia Arc explores psychic rot, ritualistic obsession, and parasitic tendencies.
‘my dearest amanda’ (alternative view)

Drawn towards a tedious creation process, Ophelia relies on repetition to put her in a meditative state where she can process trauma and pacify ruminations on repeat. “I find myself drawn to methods which allow me to knead and rework traumatic experiences from my life,” Ophelia says. “My work is a methodical and ritualistic undertaking, as the labor behind each piece is one of mental distress and relief. Crochet becomes a way to lose myself in repetitive motion.”

In “my dearest amanda” (above), Ophelia stretches pink and brown yarn across a bulging chicken wire frame—a drooping sack of skin, bone, and viscera. Casting pinpricks of light on the nearest darkened wall, “my dearest amanda” morphs into two works: a broken body and its glimmering shadow, swaying together in time.

Eerily beautiful and surprisingly tender, Ophelia’s butcher shop of hanging sculptures evoke raw emotion as the artist conducts a brave investigation into the memories that “rot within one’s psyche.”

“I find myself drawn to methods which allow me to knead and rework traumatic experiences from my life.” — Ophelia Arc

Incorporating sound, video, and projection into her work, emerging artist Ophelia Arc explores psychic rot, ritualistic obsession, and parasitic tendencies.
‘mamas tender care’
Incorporating sound, video, and projection into her work, emerging artist Ophelia Arc explores psychic rot, ritualistic obsession, and parasitic tendencies.
‘mamas tender care’ (detail)
‘hair knots’
‘hair knots’ (detail)
‘hair knots’ (detail)
‘delayed cord clamping’
‘delayed cord clamping’ (alternative view)
‘an assortment of lesions’
‘an assortment of lesions’ (detail)

Ophelia Arc: Website | Instagram

All photos published with permission of the artist(s).

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