Step Into the Immersive Art of Alexandra Kehayoglou

April 8, 2024 Exhibits Department

Alexandra Kehayoglou is an artist like no other, using the unconventional medium of carpet to create immersive natural landscapes. 

The works on view in River's Voice: Textiles by Alexandra Kehayoglou depict the Paraná de las Palmas River Delta, located outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. Named for the palm trees that used to dot its riverbanks, the Paraná de las Palmas River and surrounding wetlands are home to diverse ecosystems threatened by logging, cattle grazing and climate change. Kehayoglou sees her work as a form of environmental activism, honoring endangered environments by sharing their beauty with the world through her art. 

Kehayoglou has an eye for details, even when working at a massive scale (the largest piece on view is an astonishing 39 feet long!). Look closely and you will find forests nestled into riverbanks, thistles, dandelions and leafy greens growing in spite of encroaching human development. Kehayoglou knows this landscape intimately—she relocated her family to the Paraná de las Palmas wetlands during the pandemic, finding both refuge and a source of inspiration.

These works are rooted not only in landscapes, but in family history as well. Kehayoglou comes from a family of carpet-makers who emigrated in the 1920s from Greece to Argentina, where they established a commercial carpet factory. In keeping with her environmental ethics, Kehayoglou creates her work using leftover materials from her family's factory. 

We invite you to immerse yourself in Kehayoglou's unique hand-tufted landscapes. River's Voice: Textiles by Alexandra Kehayoglou opens Sunday, April 14. 


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