About the Work

Penduka Women’s Collective Embroidery, 2010
16 x 12 inches
Embroidered thread on cloth panel

Eames Demetrios has created Kcymaerxthaere, an epic, multi-part, three-dimensional novel told through a global public art project. Kcymaerxthaere is an alternative universe largely consistent with this physical world, but with different stories, creatures, rules, and even laws of physics. One can think of Kcymaerxthaere as an illuminated manuscript, where every page is in a different location, and some of the illumination is provided by the sensation or knowledge of being in that place.

This series of embroidery panels has been made by a women’s collective from Namibia. The Penduka collective was founded in the early 1990’s by Martha Muulyau, just after Namibian independence. These skilled embroiderers, many from the “San” tradition, began rendering fragments of what Eames Demetrios calls “disputed likenesses” of his stories. During the fall of 2010, Demetrios and the embroiderers worked intensively together, focusing on the imagery for three Kcymaerxthaereal legends: Culev Larsze, Eliala Mei-Ning, and Kirguellin. Through physical samples and digital connections, the process continued across the globe, resulting in (literally) otherworldly embroidery panels.

Demetrios continues to work with Penduka to create products inspired by this work as a regular source of income for their community.


  • Colin Quashie – Charleston, SC
  • David Boatwright – Charleston, SC
  • Don ZanFagna – Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Eames Demetrios – Los Angeles, CA
  • Erica Harris – Brooklyn, NY
  • Fahamu Pecou – Atlanta, GA
  • Geoffrey Cormier – James Island, SC with Michelle Van Parys, Charleston SC
  • Hamid Rahmanian – Brooklyn, NY
  • Heather McClintock – Boone, NC
  • Jiha Moon – Atlanta, GA
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • Joseph Burwell – Brooklyn, NY
  • Kathleen Robbins – Columbia, SC
  • Kendall Messick – New York
  • Leslie Wayne – New York City, NY
  • Martha Strawn – High Springs, FL
  • Motoi Yamamoto – Kanazawa, Japan
  • Nancy Marshall – McClellanville, SC
  • Pedro Lobo – Évora, Portugal
  • Phyllis Galembo – New York City, NY
  • Pinky Bass – Fairhope, AL
  • Renee Stout – Washington, DC
  • Renée Stout – Washington, DC
  • Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – NY, NY
  • Tanja Softic´ – Richmond, VA
  • Tom Stanley – Rock Hill, SC
  • Eames Demetrios – Los Angeles, CA

    Los Angeles artist Eames Demetrios has been steadily producing Kcymaerxthaere, an epic, three-dimensional novel and the world’s largest public art project. As the “Geographer-at-Large”, he has developed an alternative universe that is largely consistent with our linear world, but with different stories, peoples, flora, fauna and physical laws. He utilizes brass plaques, strategically placed around the world, to commemorate this story. So far there are 90 installations in 18 countries.

    Eames Demetrios’ Kcymaerxthaere exhibition was featured at the Halsey Institute in the summer of 2011 with artist Paolo Ventura’s Winter Stories. Demetrios was chosen to be the 2011 Quattlebaum Artist-in-residence and Kcymaerxthaere was an official visual arts offering of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.




    Each year we offer a new set of limited edition prints available exclusively to our members at the Postmodernist level and up. Artists who have been a part of the Halsey Institute’s programming have specially created these prints for us. Beginning at the POSTMODERNIST level ($350), you may choose from one of the prints we have available. Many of the prints are featured on the walls of our hall of Patron Prints located on the first floor of The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts, just down the hall of the Halsey Institute.  Gradually, you can build your art collection while supporting adventurous contemporary art in Charleston! For more information, please contact Tatjana Beylotte at beylottetf@cofc.edu or 843-953-5652.


    Community Partners 2017