Tactile experience dissolves a barrier and speaks in empathy. The material carries the message. Textiles specifically engage this way of seeing because they are directly related to the body. We engineer them into reality, and expect to be held by and live inside them. They speak in tension and flexibility, and promise to connect to skin.
Entire systems shape textiles, their expansion derives from constraints and tools - the machines and minds that create them aim to work in harmony with properties of chosen materials.
Thus, themes of coding, DNA, anatomy, architecture and relationships are evident in my work. Is it possible to distinguish a difference between what affects us and our effect on all we are not? Textures, gestures, expand and contract; culture is a live organism.
Ahnika is a visual artist, writer and collaborator, with a professionally trained background in fibers based practices including weaving and natural dyes. She holds a B.F.A in Fibers from Savannah College of Art and Design and has worked with textiles through multiple different industries and applications in her career.