Will Smith impressed with a Greek artist’s work
Will Smith was impressed by Alexandra’s Kehayoglou installation and posted a photograph in his social media accounts. The work is a large three-dimentional tapestry, recreating the river bed of the Santa Cruz River, one of the last unexploited glacial rivers from Patagonia that connects the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors are welcome to touch the textile, lie on the rug, have a personal, tactile experience of the artwork. The Greek-Argentinian artist would not have it any other way. For her, this is the best way for the audience to relate to the work and get the message of the effect of deforestation and riverbed devastation on our lives.
Alexandra Kehayoglou creates incredible carpets that could be easily mistaken for miniature meadows. As varied as the grasses of South America, the carpets are beautiful representations of natural and cultural heritage. These grass-like carpets carry a strong message of sustainability. Made from wool, of course a natural material, but they are often made from the leftovers of the production of other products in the factory.
«Carpet weaving is innate knowledge for me. It makes me feel connected to another time. It is a way of building meanings throughout my life and that of my ancestors» said Kehayoglou.
The grassland carpet seeks to mimic the appearance of naturally occurring, but fast disappearing landscapes. They also carry a strong message of sustainability. These carpets are made from wool, a natural material, but they are often made from the leftovers of the production of other products in the factory.