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

By Meredith Carroll |

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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Patricia Waller Knits Beloved Characters as Broken Heroes

Broken Heroes: Ernie

Yarn, cotton wool, fabrics, glass; crochet; 40 x 40 x 32 in.; 2011

All images used with permission from Patricia Waller

For much more by Patricia Waller, visit her website at

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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