Katy Biele: Something to Hang on to
The digital work you see below is an artistic response by Katy Biele to a yarn painting by artist Francisco Carillo from Nayarit, Mexico. Something to Hang on to is in the form of a video (6m 3s) and an embroidered textile work. Through this response, Biele highlights three main subjects that she personally tries to pay homage to on a daily basis— the Cosmos or the non-material world, her ancestors, in particular the women in her family tree, and Mother Earth. These are the things that Biele ‘hang on to’ for strength and guidance when she practices her own rituals such as meditation.
Shown below is Biele’s embroidered artwork temporarily installed in the forest as part of the creation of the video; an act that completed the documentation process for the artist.
Below is the image of the object in the collection that inspired Biele to create her response. Learn more about this piece in our online collection by clicking on the live link below.
Yarn Painting by Francisco Carillo [TS03.23.124]
North America: Mexico, Nayarit, 1940 – 1990
Gift of Penny Bateman to the Textile Museum of Canada