Emma Neuberg’s textile piece Drapes is seen here in its first iteration at Plymouth Gallery in 2016. It is her first large-scale installation using fabric as a volumetric and structural material. Measuring 11.5 x 13 x 16 feet (3.5m x 4m x 5m), each drape combines graphic lines, drawing and complex repeating CAD patterns with digital printing.
First commissioned by curator Hannah Rose at Plymouth Gallery for their Textiles Season, Neuberg wanted to show how tapestry develops into formal structures that transpose abstract drawings into compelling and transmuting environments.
The artist’s intention is to carve out a powerful, tactile cuboid in the space. The use and scale of flags in 1930s Nazi Germany feature in Neuberg’s research as textile forms of unilateralism, authoritarianism and menace.
Neuberg calls her foundational drawings Grid Drawings and they convey the artist’s concept of ‘the thwarted voice in society’ and how this subject appears to her. Denial, deception and unconscious behaviors are cultural themes core to her work and enquiry.
The Plymouth Gallery solo show was open to the public 10th January – 23rd February 2016.
Photo credit: Sarah Packer