Text by Sven Lutticken, Bianca Stigter.
Fransje Killaars (born 1959) is internationally renowned for her installations of brightly colored textiles. She refers to her hand-woven carpets, blankets and collection of colored fabrics as the ‘alphabet’ that she draws upon to create her installations. Killaars is fascinated by the power of color, the relationship between people and textiles and the ways textiles are bound up with daily life. In addition to her installations, Killaars has made a name for herself with commissions for the public domain. These works are impressive room-filling installations and wall hangings, with the horizontal layers of fabric typical of her work, inspired by fabric swatch books. This commissioned work can be seen at the Herenkamer at the Catshuis, the lobby of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture and the foyer of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Killaars recently designed a piece for the North Delegate’s Lounge of the UN Headquarters in New York.