Plain weave with supplementary weft: cotton, linen, gold leaf, gesso, oxide pigments
Overall: 165.4 x 102.9 cm (65 1/8 x 40 1/2 in.)
Gift of Camille and Alex Cook 2014.711
© Olga de Amaral
Using unconventional materials—delicate gold leaf, here—the pioneering fiber artist Olga de Amaral creates works inspired by the landscape and history of her native Colombia. A revered material in pre-Columbian cultures, gold was plundered and exploited by European colonizers in South America. By using gold, the artist references these complex, interwoven histories: “As I build these surfaces, I create spaces of meditation, contemplation, and reflection. . . . Tapestry, fibers, strands, units, cords, all are transparent layers with their own meanings, revealing and hiding each other to make one presence, one tone that speaks about the texture of time.”
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