Knitting Nation 12: H20 is a daylong site-specific performance by Liz Collins that occurred on November 6, 2013 on the Occidental College Academic Quad.
Knitting Nation is a speculative series of site-specific performance and installation projects by Liz Collins. For KN12 Collins worked with Advanced Projects in Interdisciplinary Arts students to theatricalize the connection between body and machine, textile and space that is at the invisible center of globalized garment manufacturing. As the knitters sway in rhythm with their machines, the chromatic streams of knit yardage serve as architectonic scale drawings. On November 6, 2013, Liz Collins brought Knitting Nation 12 to the Occidental College as the campus’s inaugural Wanlass Artist-in-Residence. In addition to the daylong site specific performance, Collins’ two-week residence featured a new gallery-based temporary installation, Distancer-Pursuer, part of the artist’s zig zag fringe series; and a public dialogue with noted art historian, Julie Bryan-Wilson. The Los Angeles campus was be the first west coast site of Knitting Nation.
Time-lapse video of KN12:H20
About Liz Collins
Liz Collins is a New York City-based artist and designer, recognized internationally for her use of machine knitting to create ground-breaking clothing, textiles, performances and installations. She has exhibited widely, with solo exhibitions at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Textile Arts Center in New York, and Out North Gallery in Anchorage, AK. Her work has also been included extensively in group exhibitions at museums such as the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design both in New York. Collins also runs her own eponymous fashion label and showed for many seasons during NY Fashion Week.
In 2005, Collins began her ongoing site-specific installation/performance project KNITTING NATION as a response to working in the textiles and fashion industries. KNITTING NATION, which involves a small army of uniformed knitters and manually operated knitting machines, has been featured at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston and the Tang Museum, as part of the exhibition, Dance/Draw (2012); and as part of Queer Zagreb (2013) in Zagreb, Croatia. Collins was a United States Artist Target Fellow in Crafts and Traditional Arts (2006) and is member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Her work has been featured mostly recently in the survey, Art and Queer Culture edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer (Phaidon, 2013); the New York Times and Modern Painters.