Jan Brandt

BioLab #4
mixed textile media
60 x 30 x 6 in.

Disparate textiles, such as donated clothing, pompoms, and muslin are hand-stitched into three-dimensional, hybrid assemblages. An organic, obsessive process drives this intricate work evoking growth and accumulation. The assemblages are displayed as mutating within and edging out from wooden hoop “Petri dishes”.

Brandt’s work represents a confluence of art and science through the process of feminist artistic traditions including stitching and textile use as media. These assemblages question the definition and classification of art and craft while suggesting the interpretation of biological concepts. The physicality of these capsular works offers a macroscopic expression of cellular growth, whimsical and disconcerting at the same time.