Orchard, 2017, 44 x 27 inches, hand-knotted silk, 150 knots/inch, edition 20 + 3APs
Inspired by her recent body prints made from vegetable oil and raw pigment, Ferris says, "My body prints are made horizontally on the floor, by doing a push-up-like movement onto paper. So it seemed fitting to make a floor rug, something that would stay where the piece was made, the horizontal plane. My work often flirts with the decorative, so I've always wanted to make a carpet, to further examine how my work is decorative, and how it is NOT decorative. I am drawn to Persian carpets, specifically their bilateral symmetry referencing garden design and the body. I thought it would be exciting to see that format literalized as a centralized body on a horizontal plane. It's a body as mapped terrain, a body as a garden, or a body as a tree bearing fruit."
Keltie Ferris was born in Kentucky in 1977 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include Body Prints and Paintings at the University Art Museum at SUNY Albany, New York (2016); Paintings and Body Prints at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2015); Keltie Ferris: Doomsday Boogie at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2014); Body Prints at Chapter NY, New York (2014); and Man Eaters at the Kemper Museum, Kansas City (2009-10). Her works have been included in group exhibitions at institutions, including Saatchi Gallery, London (2014); Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Texas (2014); The Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2014); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2012); the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis (2010); and The Kitchen, New York (2009). She was recently awarded the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Painting by the Academy of Arts and Letters.
Keltie Ferris is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash
BravinLee editions is a proud member of GoodWeave. The GoodWeave label is the best assurance that no child labor was used in the making of our carpets. http://www.goodweave.org/about/child_labor_free_rugs