Photo: Carolin Schild

Renata Daina is a Los Angeles based artist whose multifaceted practice draws from the earthly and otherworldly, intertwining personal and ancient mythologies. Fascinated by past and present modes of environmental empathy she creates tactile abstractions employing labor-intensive techniques such as hand weaving, rope coiling, knotting, stitching. The resulting soft structures reference animist deities, intricate connectivities of tree root systems, spiritual imagery, the act of crafting. Coiling itself is repetitive and circular in motion; the technique mimicking our cyclical relationship with nature. Elusive and tangible forms shift from the softness of individual fibers to the solidity of dense webs. Handwoven textiles and repurposed fabrics move fluidly between surface textures and multi-dimensional structures delineating our physical and spiritual entanglement in an increasingly fragile ecosystem.

Born in the United States, raised in Australia, she learned traditional Lithuanian textile crafts from her grandmother, and is a fifth generation weaver. Daina received a BFA with Honors Cum Laude from the University of Southern California, and studied Fashion & Textile Design at the University of Technology Sydney. Daina was a 2022 Fiber Artist in Residence at Township10, and has exhibited work in Australia, Europe, and the United States.


Interview in Suboart Nr. 24

Interview in warp and weft magazine

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