Kristina Skantze is a Stockholm-based artist and
puppet-maker. Through careful and persistent hand
stitching she sculpts human-like fabric beings. The
seams that shape the body parts are important
and appear as lines, scars stretching the skin of
cloth. Textile flesh shaped by millions of visible and
invisible stitches, subdued pastel silk jersey and
polyester padding. Experiences are sewn into the
bodies, into the artist’s own bodily memory as well
as into the limbs of the figures. Visible but secretive,
shaping their individual personalities.
Distorted bodies have always fascinated Kristina.
In the project Non-Mythological Creatures she is
searching for new shapes and expressions through
mixing human and animal features. What kind of
emotions can be recognised in these creatures? Are
they part of our world or do they exist in their own
time and space?