Since 2011, Californian artist Ashley V. Blalock has been creating site-specific installations filled with gigantic, hand-crocheted doilies. Back in 2014, Blalock’s ongoing Keeping Up Appearances installation series was sprawling across gallery walls, stairwells, ceilings, and floors. Today, the red cotton crochet doilies continue to grow in size, as they spread across indoor and outdoor locations.
Resembling giant spider webs, Blalock’s textile installations sometimes reach as high as 15 feet. Their large scale and intense color transforms the non-threatening, domestic doily into a structure that aims to create a sense of unease for the viewer. Blalock explains, “The doilies themselves represent a certain desire to keep up the appearance of gentility to the outside world expressed through the arrangement of objects in the domestic setting….The red color gives away the futility of such an act and hints at the unease that lurks below the surface of an obsessive need to control and arrange.”
You can see more of Blalock’s Keeping Up Appearances installation, and other works via her website.