by Janna van Hasselt for SCAPE Public Art Season 2016
Buzz Carpet is an interactive ground mural which truly engulfs its site. A ludic tension between the planar and dimensional spaces creates a skin with an ambiguous sense of figure and ground. The pattern is derived from the stitches in crochet and mimics the makeup of surrounding building sites that form its backdrop. Visitors can engage directly with the piece on many different levels and will be dazed by its intense colour buzz.
Janna van Hasselt
Janna studied Printmaking at the Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, and graduated with a BFA in 2004. Since then, she has travelled; undertaking residencies in the UK, Europe and the US as well as exhibiting regularly. A Fulbright Award lured her to Chicago, where her love affair with ceramic sculpture began. In 2014, she graduated with a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.