Is it soft? Is it hard? Is it ceramic?

Brooklyn artist Alyssa Ettinger's Knitware walks a fine line between high and low craft. I really like how this work sneeks up on me. At first glance I see a knitted basket. A closer look lets me see translucent porcelain with subtle patterns covering the surface of the soft volume . I like the visual trickery that is involved here.
The conceptual elevation of knitting is also interesting. Yarn is transient by nature and can be unraveled at the slightest provocation. By casting this form in porcelain the knitting assumes the durability and perceived value that porcelain has. Impermanent and cheap becomes permanent and expensive. I'm big into this transformation in my own work.

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