High Drama, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 99" x 120" overall
Woven image-objects are categorical misfits in the chronology of art history. Tapestry visualizes historically male pursuits like power, conquest, and war while also signifying, in today’s popular imagination, a material presence that is domestic and stereotypically female. Such works defy categorization and fail most tests of legibility in the context of the institutional collection, and are thus rendered as decorative (as opposed to fine) art. At the same time the content of these objects is allegorical, signaling a higher moral authority of the past that is largely illegible to modern viewers. This project is about the process of building up and breaking down the conceptual and material dimensions of historic tapestry in the form of contemporary jacquard weavings. The imagery is made of composited photographic elements shot in the studio. These files are then woven on a computerized loom and lastly are torn, tattered, and destroyed. Offering only pieces instead of wholes, the final works epitomize not only that history is handed-down in fragmentary form but is ultimately susceptible to the instability of environmental conditions and sea-changes in cultural readability.