The sweet hooked rug, gone bad: How artist Hannah Epstein gives a retro craft some bite

Los Angeles Times 

Hannah Epstein's "Soft Teeth," left, "The Hybrid Kid" and "Mouser" are all from 2017. Hannah Epstein's "Soft Teeth," left, "The Hybrid Kid" and "Mouser" are all from 2017. Hannah Epstein's riotous exhibition at Steve Turner may bring back memories of hours spent with latch hook rug kits -- those ready-to-assemble crafts that, strand by strand, formed a fuzzy image of a cheery rainbow, heart or "Sesame Street" character. The Canadian artist's hooked rugs, however, are the bad sister-in-laws of those anodyne projects. "Monster World" assembles shaggy, snarling, off-kilter beasts that have more to do with alternative comics, cartoons and Internet culture than they do with sweetness and light.