Felter Skelter: Ryan Lytle

Ryan Lytle Better Luck Next Time

Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!

This month I would like to introduce you to the work of felt artist Ryan Lytle. Ryan’s sculptures are big and bold, both in appearance and concept. He is inspired by animals, but they appear in his work as metaphors for human relationships and power dynamics. Check out some of my favorite examples below, accompanied by excerpts from his artist statement.

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“Whether it is pets, in nature, films and cartoons, mythology, I have always been drawn to animals. As a kid I had an extensive stuffed animal collection. These fascinations of animal archetypes, images and myths have resurfaced as visual vocabulary in my work.”

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“Recently I have been exploring the ideas of power and balance between the roles of predator and prey. The predators are often presented in compromising situations, while the prey is shown as communal and empowered. Specifically, I am interested in the way people in positions of power tend to respond to change with aggression. I am attempting to present these aspects through animal behavior to show these actions how I perceive them.”

Find more of Ryan Lytle’s sculptures on his website or follow him on Instagram.

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