Vanessa Barragão’s Fibrous Coral Tapestries Unfurl the Delicacy of Marine Ecosystems



Art
Craft
Nature

#coral
#fiber art
#textiles
#Vanessa Barragão

May 29, 2024

Jackie Andres

All images © Vanessa Barragão, shared with permission

Exploring the fragile forms of ocean ecosystems, Vanessa Barragão continues to create fibrous iterations of coral reefs and marine biomes. Working with a team of studio assistants, she is inspired by environmental stewardship and textile techniques such as latch hooking, crochet, and weaving. Over the course of several weeks to several months, these meditative processes give life to tactile and textural forms.

One of the artist’s most impactful experiences in the last year was a visit to the Raja Ampat Islands. An Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula, the area is often referred to as the epicenter of coral diversity, harboring over 600 species. Moved by this grounding encounter, Barragão shares, “Witnessing the fragile beauty and the alarming degradation of the coral reefs firsthand deepened my commitment to environmental themes and intensified my focus on marine conservation through my art.”

Barragão is currently developing a new collection, so stay in the loop via Instagram and the artist’s website.

 

crocheted forms resembling corals along with tufts of latch-hooked and hanging yarn come together in a hanging wall piece evoking underwater ecosystems

crocheted forms resembling corals along with tufts of latch-hooked and hanging yarn come together in a hanging wall piece evoking underwater ecosystems

crocheted forms resembling corals along with tufts of latch-hooked and hanging yarn come together in a hanging wall piece evoking underwater ecosystems

detail of a blue and white wall hanging's draped layers of yarn

crocheted forms resembling corals along with tufts of latch-hooked and hanging yarn come together in a hanging wall piece evoking underwater ecosystems

the artist sits on a stool, next to her work hanging on the wall

 

#coral
#fiber art
#textiles
#Vanessa Barragão

 

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