Natural and Synthetic Yarn, Wire
37 in. x 16 in.
Gutted Fish, Natural and Synthetic Yarn, Wire, 37 in. x 16 in., 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
Tardo uses crochet as a medium to create texture and shapes which imitate organic environments, creatures, and the personal lives of objects. These often communicate an emotional invitation to touch (or to not touch) their hands-on nooks, crannies, and crags in a violating exploration of their secrets and hidden spaces. Tardo's work is heavily influenced by found, donated, and recycled fiber materials, which are often acquired in a limiting quantity due to the commercial manufacturing practices of yarn distributors; therefore she is required to make difficult decisions on the size and color of her work as once a particular fiber is gone, it will likely never be found again. This aspect of her work coerces many of her pieces to stand alone in their composition and relation to the other works, each piece is inspired by the process of its creation and the moments of discovery that comes along with that act.