ARTIST IN RESIDENCE : Interview w/ Chloe Bensahel

Paige Loczi and artist Chloe Bensahel sit down for a rich conversation on art & design, the idea of sanctuary, how all culture is intertwined with one and other. They explore the world of color, intersections between fashion and interior design, and the power of art to translate raw data into a visual, more human experience. Listen to the full recording below.

2017, Cotton embroidery thread stitched on paper postcards, detail

2017, Cotton embroidery thread stitched on paper postcards, detail

 

Ms. Bensahel's work was recently featured at 2017 San Francisco Design Week during the opening night reception at Pier 27.  For the installation she created postcards embroidered with red thread which were then suspended from string, seeming floating between ceiling and floor. The postcards were hand-embroidered, forming patterns with contrasting threads. Paper woven with thread was made to represent immigration in San Francisco, at once turning sterile data into a quantifiable, visual form, while transforming a statistic into a person. 

The two discuss using art as a tool to access our humanity, to encourage openings, dialogue and the importance of craft and trade in our culture today. 

Chloe Bensahel's installation at San Francisco Design Week 2017

Chloe Bensahel's installation at San Francisco Design Week 2017

Textiles, paper & mixed media (composite from artist's website) 

Textiles, paper & mixed media (composite from artist's website) 

Chloe Bensahel is next headed to Washington DC for a social impact residency project where she will be incorporating global traditions working alongside the Smithsonian as well as local residents to create a 3D installation. In her continued work with installations and working in 3D, she is interested in immersing herself and others in spaces incorporating video and technology.

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