DI MISERA REGINA NON TERMINA MAI DOLENTI AFFANI
Performative photo with woven investiture PENELOPE with scores of Il Ritorno di Ulisse in patria, 1640 by Claudio Monteverdi.
120 cm w x 180 cm
edition of 5 +2ap
Textiles are eloquent expressions of women´s concern with cultural tradition and transmutation, and are recognized as fundamental to studies of gender, social identity, status, exchange and modernization. Weave, tends to demarcate a suspension of ordinary existance and are among the most visible signs of sacred space and sacred roles
While textile production is rooted in a specific time and place, textiles become objects that function within a system of exchange. The pages from archival books, ripped, folded and transformed into coded messages already destined to such a purpose by the folding , mark the line that determines the scope of an enigma. The weaving thus restructures the ruins of the book to prepare them for an unimaginable role, as the singular components of a new object: a blanket that can be used as a garment or a shroud. The woven piece is transformed into a portable investiture. Porting a cloak its aluded to both female and male atributes; its a dressing, imposing and ritual piece that acts as and gendered identities on the frontier. The Cloak is also a talisman from harm, keeping one safe and secure throughout transitions.
The interlaced sculptures, process of systematic manual labor, are done to be worn by the artist in performances and becomes a fragile light heavy armour ported over female sholders as a metaphor of resistance. This woven narratives are regarded as a substitution for a woman’s voice, weaving can portray what words cannot say.