Sculptures by Karina Kalvaitis.
An exhibition of beautifully hand-felted sculptures of hybrid creatures that embody both vulnerability and a sense of hopefulness. Created by combining features from various animals and plants, the artist has created a world of creatures that are both familiar and strange. Bringing together new work and a retrospective of each type of creature made since beginning her current studio direction, these silently expressive oddballs act as metaphors for our own states of mind, conveying stoicism, happiness, uncertainty, wonder. Like people without the armor of artifice and culture, they nakedly engage with the world in ways that are both awkward and beautiful. The diversity of shapes, textures, colours and wild combinations of features that already exist in nature were a rich source of inspiration, both for the forms, but also for the sense of other realities.