Margo Selby: Vexillum IV
Cotton, Tencel, Silk, Wool
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Woven as part of Margo Selby's 2020 VEXILLUM series,
each work becomes an imposing secular altarpiece – a sensory chapel or even a cathedral for loud cantation rather than silent prayer. The air between each panel is activated, they zing; the tessellation of the designs building to crescendos. They are visual
works, employing optical effect like that of Bridget Riley in their off-kilter symmetry, but in their presence a synesthetic effect is palpable – they sing. More raucous than religious – they are flags for a banqueting hall – banners for carnival. They compel the viewer to participate – to dance in syncopated jerky jazz gestures like Milča Mayerová. They are celebratory, but with an element of aggression – a ‘vexillum’ being a portent of battle, as well as a Latin sail, and the delicate fronds of a feathery plume.
To go beyond the scale of the loom, as Selby has done with VEXILLUM
, is a technical feat – the designs are conceived in their entirety and subsequently executed to an exact plan – the works are made in sections, as dictated by the loom, requiring absolute accuracy to achieve a perfect match and a cohesive whole. Each of the sections comprises 9,000 strands, so 18,000 per square panel and 27,000 for the largest central panel – each one of those hand-threaded, each counted and re-counted and accounted for. Geometric pattern is made macro in these fractal compositions, expanding infinitely – the forms optically project and recede, creating a sensation of movement, and almost
becoming images – alluding as they do to stairways and steps or pyramid forms – a chromatic hall of mirrors.
Approx. 255cm (w) x 180cm (h)
Cotton / Silk / Tencel /Wool
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