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Memento Mori in Felt: The Art of Lana Crooks | Haute Macabre

Memento Mori in Felt: The Art of Lana Crooks

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Memento Mori by Lana Crooks, 2015

The work of Chicago-based artist Lana Crooks beautifully demonstrates that reminders of our mortality need not be made of bone. So skilled is Crooks with wool, silk, and all manner of tiny found objects, that her delicate textile sculptures, faux anatomical specimens of human and animal skulls, bones, and insects, feel as lifelike as the references she sources from books and natural history museums.

The Return by Lana Crooks, 2014
The Return by Lana Crooks, 2014
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Snake Oil by Lana Crooks, 2015
Summer Jay by Lana Crooks, 2014
Summer Jay by Lana Crooks, 2014
Still This Heart by Lana Crooks, 2014
Still This Heart by Lana Crooks, 2014
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Wisdom by Lana Crooks, 2014
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Moondust by Lana Crooks, 2016

In addition to sculptures based on actual living things, Crooks creates pieces that are an enchanting blend of science and fantasy: faux specimens of fantastic creatures drawn from folklore and mythology as well as her own imagination.

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Spring Jackalope by Lana Crooks, 2016
Ouroboros by Lana Crooks, 2015
Ouroboros by Lana Crooks, 2015
Little Devil by Lana Crooks, 2015
Little Devil by Lana Crooks, 2015
Kappa
Kappa by Lana Crooks, 2016
Twins by Lana Crooks, 2016
Twins by Lana Crooks, 2016

Crooks also collaborates with other artists and designers to create custom pieces and curate themed group exhibitions.

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Stigr’s Skeletal Suit by Lana Crooks, 2014
Loves me, Loves me not (Cobdata-alt and Crimson) by Lana Crooks, 2015
Loves me, Loves me not (Cobdata-alt and Crimson) by Lana Crooks, 2015

Most recently Crooks curated the All That Remains group exhibition at the Stranger Factory in Albuquerque, NM. Next month she’s participating in Night Fall, a two-person exhibit at the Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago alongside artist Andrew Bell, December 9th through January 8th.

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Keep up with Lana Crooks’ latest creations, exhibitions, and available pieces by following her on Instagram. You can also support her work and get additional previews as well as rare behind-the-scenes peeks at her process by supporting Lana Crooks on Patreon.

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Maika is a queer femme bird-obsessed bibliophile, spider botherer, and professional seeker of all things eldritch, morbid, and awesome.

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