Tapestry artpiece by NOÉMI KISS
MATERIAL: cut out and overpainted, slavaged, oriental rug, acrylic
SIZE: small: W: 67 x H: 54 cm / large: 91 x 84 cm // small: 26.37 x 21.25 / large: 35.82 x 33.07 in
This is an art-piece made from a salvaged oriental rug, cut-out and overpainted to create the illusion of two waterdrops. They are concceived as 2 separte pieces, intended to be mounted in a distance of 20cm between each other. The artist Kiss has concentrated in her oeuvre on out-of-use rugs, damaged rugs or the unwanted, where she applies her artistic interventions. She is a master in creating an impressive illusion, through overpainting or cutting the rugs.
Laborious woven or knotted by hand, oriental rugs tell stories, interwoven in the piece. The ornaments have strong meanings. A rug can be for decorative furnishing, a symbol for paradise and a place holder for prayer. The artist uses this strong symbolism and marries it with the interventions of her choice, like cutting, overpainting or gilding.
During its lifetime a rug is traded, bought, possibly resold, used over decades by various people, layering the piece with another history of usage. Footworn carpets are witnesses of their past. One cannot simply copy them. Wear and tear, the Design of Time of the rug are the basis for the artwork. Here aesthetics is to be understood as a state that cannot be produced intentionally. Such surfaces develop slowly and on their own through human interaction and use. Noemi is a material fetishist and let's collide the grown with the made. She loads banal substances and materials that feels distant to art with a new meaning.