Emma Neuberg’s Drapes is seen here in its first iteration in 2016 at Plymouth Gallery, Plymouth, in southwest England. It represents her first large-scale installation using fabric as structural material. It measures 11.5 x 13 x 16 feet (3.5m x 4m x 5m) and combines drawing with graphic lines and digital printing. The images originate from a collection of pastel drawings placed into repeat patterns and printed large on to canvas.

The artist’s intention is to carve out a tactile yet powerful cuboid in the space. The use of flags in Nazi Germany featured as part of Neuberg’s preparatory research to convey a quality of unilateralism, authoritarianism and menace by design.

First commissioned by curator Hannah Rose at Plymouth Gallery for their Textiles Season, Neuberg wanted to show how tapestry can be developed into formal structures that transpose drawings into confrontational, immersive walk-through environments.

Neuberg calls her pastel drawings Grid Drawings and they convey the artist’s concept of ‘the thwarted voice’ and how this subject appears to her. Denial, deception and unconscious behaviors are the societal themes that lie at the heart of her work.

The version shown here was open to the public 10th January – 23rd February 2016 at Plymouth Gallery, part of Plymouth College of Art, UK.

Photo credit: Sarah Packer