Art | February 8, 2016
For Alexandra Kehayoglou, her artwork is a connection to her family’s roots. Kehayoglou’s grandparents arrived in Argentina in the 1920’s from Greece. With nothing more than looms to their names, the new immigrants opened El Espartano, one of South America’s largest carpet companies.
Kehayoglou uses yarn and wool tufts to create green, lush landscapes that look more like a small garden than a rug. Some of the delicate, woven designs begin from the top of the walls to the floor, creating a personal forest in the middle of a room. The 34-year-old feels like her pieces did not come from her mind completely. “I had this overriding sensation that this was something that was outside of my control, a message passed down to me from previous generations, as if I was a link in a chain in something far greater,” says Kehayoglou.
Alexandra Kehayoglou's studio is adjacent to her family's factory.
Her tapestries reflect the different and vibrant colors found in nature.
Kehayoglou also sees her work as a way to bring awareness. "I feel I have a purpose which is to weave more greenery, as a reaction to the gradual disappearance of our natural world," says the artist.
Kehayoglou sees her topographical designs as serving an additional purpose, not just used something to be used for show or observation.
“Being touched, walked on and dirtied brings the works to life. I love that my rugs become a register of lives lived," explains Kehayoglou.
Alexandra Kehayoglou is not sure how many generations of weavers have been in her family.
A green and inviting forest with varying lengths of yarn imitating nature.
Many of her creations are inspired by Argentina's countryside.