Emma Neuberg’s textile piece Drapes is seen here in its first iteration at Plymouth Gallery in 2016. It is the artist’s 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 featured in Neuberg’s research as textile forms used to communicate unilateralism, authoritarianism, propaganda and terror.
Neuberg calls her foundational drawings for the project Grid Drawings and they convey the concept of ‘the thwarted voice in society’ and how this subject appears to her. Denial, deceit and unconscious behaviors are cultural themes central to her work and enquiry.
The Plymouth Gallery solo show was open to the public 10th January – 23rd February 2016.
Photo credit: Sarah Packer