embroidery on fabric
21.02.09 | 11.05.09
Serie di merli disposti a intervalli regolari lungo gli spalti di una muraglia ( Serie di merli disposti a intervalli regolari lungo gli spalti di una muraglia
1971 - 1993
Twenty-five times twenty-five six-hundred twenty-five letters
Alessandro Bonomo collection
Despite their opposite look, Twenty-five times twenty-five six-hundred twenty-five letters and Everything share a same encyclopaedic tension. The first one put together, in her white square structure, all sentences and sayings recurrents in Boetti's work, like Twenty-five times twenty-five six-hundred twenty-five letters, which referes to italian alphabet's letters, which allow to compose every world and express every concepts.
The second one, Everything, is one of a series of tapestries made in Peshawar by Afghan women embroiderers who had fled to Pakistan after the Soviet invasion. Starting from the idea of fragmentation, originated in a 1969 concrete work called Pack, and going through the concept of Identity loss which characterises some of the 1980 works, in the early Eighties Boetti conceives the very first Tutto: countless abstract and figurative forms, slotted together so as to fill the whole area of the embroidery. For each of the colours the same length of thread is used, leading to an optic effect of total saturation.
Designed by the artist, with each iconographic element drawn by his assistants, and woven by people from other cultures who bring their heritage of different traditions, outlook, emotions into the work, the Everything cycle really is the symbol of Boetti’s nomadism, of the fracture between conception and material production he enacts in his attempt to embrace the endless variety of the world.
I always find myself talking about the notion of double, which […] is present in all my work. The truth is that it is a natural reality: it is incontrovertible that a cell ...
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