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CORALS- INSTALLATION

TEXTILE | CROCHET

DURATION- 2 WEEKS

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MEDIUM

Synthetic yarn of various ply counts


SKILLS

Crochet, Stitching

This textile installation is a visualization of the transformation of corals throughout their life. Corals possess amazing color patterns that range from greens, pinks, blues. While the greens and browns are on the warmer and subtler tones, we also see some bright florescent shades like reds, oranges, purples and magentas which exist due to heavily concentrated algae on present on the surface of these corals. Its usually these florescent shades that attract the visual attention due to its beautiful color patterns, however these bright colours are often a matter of life and death.

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Corals depend on their symbiotic relationship with algae which lives inside the coral’s tissue. When the coral-algae relationship thrives. The corals develop a healthy green-brown hue. However, due to environmental stress, the algae die. Sometimes, the coral in attempts for survival, pumps out bursts of florescent pigments and envelops itself in bright colour patterns in order to attract algae.

If the coral is unable to attract algae, it eventually turns bone white, a phenomenon called coral bleaching. The coral then dies due to starvation.

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My project is an attempt to showcase this transformation of corals while also pointing out the metaphorical value that the brightest corals that attract the most eyes are the ones crippling to external stress. While it is a direct depiction of the change of emotion from happiness to dismay upon seeing the dying corals under the glistening depths of the waters, it is also a reflection of today’s human world, its people and the wonderful minds that have to go through stages of pretense within themselves in order to satisfy the societal culture.

A variety of combinations of single crochet, double crochet and triple crochet were used to create the above forms. Keeping in mind the texture and visual feel that yarn weight, crochet pattern and hook can bring into each individual shape, the above forms were slowly created and multiplied.

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GROUPING TOGETHER FORMS, AND THEN STITCHING

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