2013 | 18cm x 145cm | Woven Tapestry. Cotton warp with wool, linen, metallic and rayon weft. Quartz crystals.
ERSA (Dew) is a statement on drought, climate change and our desire to create art. ERSA is the goddess of the plant-nourishing dew which is an important water source for plant life in dry climates and deserts. Without water there is nothing but dust and cracked earth. This tapestry is inspired by cave and wall paintings and ancient shrines. Travels in the Gobi desert took me to Buddhist caves full of statues and wall paintings and I have looked at precious icons and mosaics in Istanbul and the Sinai. Catching and reflecting the light, this tapestry imagines the mystery of ancient dark places, images viewed by firelight and touched by ancient hands. It evokes a holy relic for pilgrims I have used reflective yarns to catch the light and glisten as if moisture is slowly forming on the surface to create a drop of water.
A Sensitive Art – 2013