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Selected Artist

Amy Wike

Washington, DC

'Portrait of 2015' by Amy Wike

Portrait of 2015

Artist Statement

Amy Wike, Portrait of 2015 2016, 32"h x 33"w x 4"d (between 5-9" each), Yarn

Each ball in this piece is the chorus of one of the eight singles that topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2015, translated into Morse code and knit where one row = one letter.

Amy Wike is a DC-based fiber artist whose work plays with the ideas of translation, interpretation, and the complexities of language. She takes small nuances of speech—turns of phrase, words that have multiple meanings, and the varying ways we interpret them—and abstracts them beyond recognition by translating them into Morse code and knitting the transcription row by row with yarn. The resulting amorphous shapes act as visual representations of the intricacies of communication. Wike aims to create a space where visitors are challenged to think about language in a way we aren’t used to experiencing it; visually, but also tactilely.


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