Knitted Selfies

Lior Locher started knitting before it was cool again. They explained:

When I restarted, I found a box of googly eyes and decided to make little self-portraits in every city I went to, on and off since 2013. So far they are in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Paris, London, Brighton, Doncaster, Leeds, Kingston, Richmond, Southease, Cambridge, Copenhagen, Dieppe, Amsterdam, Rotterdam with more to come… This is my way to stake my claim, to do a selfie that stays in situ, to say “I am here”, and to stay here. As me, and as a nonbinary person who often chooses not to stand out, but hopes for other nonbinary people to come forward and help represent. Street art feels particularly vulnerable as an art form. Dealing with the general public and their reactions when nobody’s watching. Asynchronous dialogues. Cruel at times. Unexpectedly loving at others. Particularly salient when the object is a self-portrait. What is the nature of the general public – of those humans I am sharing a public space with, largely based on trust and loosely enforced rules? And what might that trigger about how I feel in these spaces as a person? I got both assaulted during so-called “social distancing” but also incredibly supported by a few people so that question is always on…

Bio: Lior Locher is a mixed-media artist. After having lived in 6 countries on 4 continents, they are now based at the English seaside. Travel and cultural artifacts are a great influence and often become a direct part of their work. Lior’s day job and training is in personal development. They are fascinated by people’s inner lives and how we make sense of our own inner journeys as humans.


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