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Artist ‘Disrespectfully’ Yet Hilariously Knits Beloved Characters as Broken Heroes (PHOTOS)

Patricia Waller

Goodbye, Kitty

Can anything that’s knitted really be terrifying? It probably depends what has been knitted, exactly.

A crochet bunny rabbit, for instance? Totally not terrifying. A knit SpongeBob-SquarePants suicide bomber? Pretty terrifying.

Knitted works by German artist Patricia Waller are featured in an exhibit at the Galerie Deschler in Berlin, which says this about the unusual objet d’art:

Patricia Waller has been working for many years on her crochet objects, exploring a host of unlikely and unexpected themes. Her objects are so refreshingly unconventional and disrespectful that they are hard to resist. By disguising highly explosive topics in homely harmlessness, she shrewdly out-tricks our viewing habits by means of the utter inappropriateness of material to subject matter.

“Disrespectful?” “Homely harmlessness?” Intrigued? Take a look at some examples of the knit horror:

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  • Broken Heroes: Ernie 1 of 25
    Broken Heroes: Ernie
    Yarn, cotton wool, fabrics, glass; crochet; 40 x 40 x 32 in.; 2011
  • Broken Heroes: SpongeBob 2 of 25
    Broken Heroes: SpongeBob
    Yarn, styrofoam, wood, synthetic material; crochet; 52 x 40 x 25 in.; 2011
  • Broken Heroes: Hello Kitty 3 of 25
    Broken Heroes: Hello Kitty
    Yarn, styrofoam, synthetic material; crochet; 25 x 18 x 24 in.; 2011
  • Broken Heroes: Sandman 4 of 25
    Broken Heroes: Sandman
    Yarn, cotton wool, styrofoam, wire, metal; crochet; 44 x 25 x 25 in.; 2012
  • Broken Heroes: Spiderman 5 of 25
    Broken Heroes: Spiderman
    Yarn, cotton wool, fabrics; crochet; 150 x 164 x 78 in.; 2010
  • Broken Heroes: Superman 6 of 25
    Broken Heroes: Superman
    Yarn, styrofoam, wire; crochet; 47 x 24 x 20 in.; 2011
  • Broken Heroes: Pinocchio 7 of 25
    Broken Heroes: Pinocchio
    Yarn, synthetic material, wire; chrochet; 51 x 20 x 36 in.; 2011
  • Broken Heroes: Wilhelm Tell 8 of 25
    Broken Heroes: Wilhelm Tell
    Yarn, styrofoam, synthetic material; crochet; 20 x 12 x 18 in.; 2011
  • Bad Luck: Miss Piggy 9 of 25
    Bad Luck: Miss Piggy
    Yarn, wire, cotton wool, wood, synthetic material; crochet; 43 x 32 x 75 in.; 2008
  • Bad Luck: Tweety 10 of 25
    Bad Luck: Tweety
    Yarn, polystyrene, wood, synthetic material; crochet; 28 x 28 x 33 in.; 2008
  • Bad Luck: Bunny 11 of 25
    Bad Luck: Bunny
    Yarn, wire, polystyrene, wood, cotton wool; crochet; 79 x 59 x 40 in.; 2008
  • Bad Luck: Who Killed Bambi? 12 of 25
    Bad Luck: Who Killed Bambi?
    Yarn, fabric, cotton wool, synthetic material; crochet; 32 x 24 x 18 in.; 2008
  • Bad Luck 13 of 25
    Bad Luck
    Yarn, wire, cotton wool; crochet; 40 x 43 x 20 in; 2007
  • Bad Luck: From Heaven 14 of 25
    Bad Luck: From Heaven
    Yarn, polystyrene, synthetic material, metal; crochet; 120 x 12 x 40 in.; 2008
  • Crossing Wonderland: Unicorn 15 of 25
    Crossing Wonderland: Unicorn
    Yarn , cotton wool, wire; crochet; 42 x 12 x 38 in.; 2005
  • Rabbits: Rabbit 2 16 of 25
    Rabbits: Rabbit 2
    Yarn, cotton wool, wire; crochet; length rabbit 36 inch, length carrot 42 in.; 2003
  • Rabbits: Rabbit 3 17 of 25
    Rabbits: Rabbit 3
    Yarn, cotton wool, wire; crochet; height 36 in.; 2003
  • Rabbits: Rabbit 4 18 of 25
    Rabbits: Rabbit 4
    Yarn, cotton wool, wire; crochet; height 35 in.; 2005
  • Accidents: Accident 3 – Shark 19 of 25
    Accidents: Accident 3 - Shark
    Yarn, wire; crochet; length 63 in.; 2003
  • Accidents: Accident 4 – Crocodile 20 of 25
    Accidents: Accident 4 - Crocodile
    Yarn, cotton wool, synthetic material; crochet; length 59 in.; 2004
  • Bedside Rug 21 of 25
    Bedside Rug
    Yarn, fabric, synthetic material, crochet; 40 x 32 x 8 in.; 2007
  • How to Kill Your First Love: Duck 22 of 25
    How to Kill Your First Love: Duck
    Yarn, polystyrene, synthetic material; crochet ; 40 x 32 x 40 in., arrow length 32 in.; 2005
  • How to Kill Your First Love: Teddy 23 of 25
    How to Kill Your First Love: Teddy
    Yarn, cotton wool; chrochet; 32 x 32 x 40 in.; 2005
  • How to Kill Your First Love: Doll 24 of 25
    How to Kill Your First Love: Doll
    Yarn, cotton wool, wood; crochet; 55 x 51 x 37 in.; 2005
  • How to Kill Your First Love: Monkey 25 of 25
    How to Kill Your First Love: Monkey
    Yarn, cotton wool, wire; crochet; 55 x 40 x 20 in.; 2006

All images used with permission from Patricia Waller

For much more by Patricia Waller, visit her website at PatriciaWaller.com

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