Covid Coil by Kirsta McSkimming

Covid Coil is an evolving interactive textile sculpture worked over the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. This piece is a highly personal piece, which uses scrap wool and found objects to represent the isolation, anxiety, and loss experienced during the pandemic.

On the 21st of March 2020, I cast on 60 stitches – each stitch represented a second and each row represented a minute. As I knitted, these seconds and minutes grew into hours, days, weeks and months – eventually completing the first knitted coil on the 21st March 2021. The completed coil marked the first year of Covid and was a strong visual symbol of living through a pandemic. At this point I began knitting a second coil, which was completed on the 21st March 2022.


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