Killaars deploys a play of colors and structures using brightly colored textiles,
threads, carpets and cushions, which give her installations a simultaneous
sensorial and spatial effect. Said Winston Churchill, the English war-time
premier: "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the
brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." Killaars would
have made him happier than rum on the rocks.
According to Sven Lutticken, Killaars belongs to a "generation of women artists
who no longer fear that woven carpets or rugs will be categorized as 'inferior
women's art' and who therefore no longer needs to use textiles polemically." In
her textile works, Killaars has developed a sort of "expanded painting" in which,
more than any other artist, she exploits the possibilities offered by textiles
for producing richly colored works.
Inspired by modern art and architecture as well as textile folk
arts and classical music, the most important inspiration for
her work is something that most of
us can relate to: daylight. "It gives everything color."
The double-woven bed-spreads in her "Easy Dutch" installation
underline this. They all have a simple grid composition, which
serve as the framework for a sophisticated
play of colors. Some times Killaars uses complimentary colors - a bright pink
grid filled with green squares - that can make you dizzy; other rugs, such as
one with a black grid filled with rows of lilac and yellow squares, are less