Knit Circle
Rania Hassan combines knitting and painting in her work. Her installations are about community, how knitting connects us to people around us, and generations past. In 2009, she was awarded a Craft Award of Distinction by the James Renwick Alliance. In 2010, Rania collaborated with a team to help document, create, curate, assemble, and install the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History's Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. She recently completed an installation commission that is part of the permanent collection at the National Institutes of Health.


Artist Statement:
I am fascinated by the connections we find in our everyday experiences.
How do we think of our place in this world? How do we fit in it?

My work is about levels of connectedness. I paint, draw, and knit to represent these moments. We are all connected somehow.

This series started because of my fascination with knitting, love for painting, and intrigue in the community I’ve found online with knitters from around the world. I think about how it links me to my mother, her mother, and all the generations of women who came before them.

The fingers in the pieces are my own, and the knitting is all free formed while in transit. In the needle, yarn and finger movements, I explain how the act of knitting connects us to our community and generations past.