Heather Komus is a Winnipeg-based artist working with embroidery, found objects, plant matter, and animal matter (such as intestines, feathers, and hair) to explore the body as a permeable ecosystem. Fascinated by infestation and infectionâ€”the way microbes and spores penetrate the skin and colonize organsâ€”her creations are like maps to a subdivided and multiplied body, represented by the sporadic growth of egg-like structures, fungi, and an embroidered termite queen (which Komus accurately calls “the ultimate symbol of fertility”). The result is a fascinating reimagining of identity, linking the body to the environment and life with death, thereby challenging notions of sole subjectivity. Speaking of her choice of materials, Komus states, “I believe an experience with organic matter is like the sting of an insectâ€”it is a genuinely raw and present moment with the body and the natural world.” Visit her website to view more of her incredible work.
Images 1â€“5 ("Gorge and Grow") Â© Lindsey Bond Images 6â€“7 ("Paraben Pustules") Â© Lasha Mowchun Images 8â€“9 ("Memory and Matter") Â© Karen Asher