Marja Ponkka Carpenter

A sculptor and educator

The Spike Series originate from my mother’s traditional wall hanging that I wanted to turn into a colorful, 3-dimensional wall sculpture by replacing the hand-knotted yarn with hand- filled fabric cones stapled onto wood.

I grew up in a small village in Finland, surrounded by tall, majestic pine trees. With every intricate spike set completed I see the forest and landscape quality in them with rising and falling geometric forms.

Spikes, as the deep forest of the North where I can hear the earth breathing.