25 Sep

Sculptural Work by Mo Kelman

I attended a lecture by Mo Kelman at the beginning of September as part of Maiwa School of Textiles fall schedule, when they bring in a new round of out of town speakers to teach and talk. Kelman is an interesting choice for Maiwa because while she does use textiles in her work, her approach is non-traditional and not at all functional.

I went back a week later to view her show at the Silkweaving Studio on Granville Island.

Work by Mo Kelman at the Silkweaving Studio, Granville Island.

Work by Mo Kelman at the Silkweaving Studio, Granville Island.

It was great to see her work in person so soon after the talk because photos don’t quite do justice to them. I loved these amazing sculptures that use bamboo structures, nails, thread, fabric, and sometimes sausage casing (!) to create abstract organic forms stretched across the wall. The shadows cast by the forms were an import element to the work as well, but maybe it’s because I love a good shadow.

Work by Mo Kelman at the Silkweaving Studio, Granville Island.

Work by Mo Kelman at the Silkweaving Studio, Granville Island.

Unfortunately, you can’t go see the show yourself because it closed on the weekend but you can check out more work on Mo Kelman’s website.

© Rachael Ashe