Rosa Barba Weavers, 2023
70 x 60 x 6 cm (framed)
Works from the new series of Weavers are made from woven film stock. Similar to cloth or tapestry, the surface is created from interlaced vertical and horizontal strips around a frame. Creating grids from light and dark film and patterns from differently colored (exposed) celluloid, each Weaver is unique.
The woven panel is held in an open walnut frame that emphasizes the sculptural quality of the work.
While the process alludes to the ancient tradition of producing cloth, Weavers also evoke Barba's filmic works which are characterized by an artful editing--interweaving--of still and moving pictures, of complex issues and beautiful imagery. The artist's exhibitions are also often assembled as a larger choreography of works in an orchestrated visual and auditory dialogue. The ornamental pattern of the crisscrossing film stock then suggest all these instances of weaving in Rosa Barba's practice.