Francoise Grossen

Inchworm+II-Reed+College-2grossen-inchworm-1970

Inchworm II (1973) + Inchworm (1970)

Francoise Grossen is one of those artist who separated herself from the normal association of traditional textiles, turning away from the normal four edged tapestry and creating objects which showed the weight of its material and its presence of the surrounding environment it existed upon. These braided and woven forms enter the sculptural realms with there abstracted form which has no representation with anything else. They are hung from the ceiling, draped over plinths or placed straight on to the floor and have also been placed in water to float. The physical composition pushes the question of the weight with relation to its surroundings. Because the objects do not represent anything, it creates this question of what it is or was. I found myself comparing it to some mythical creature, looking at the object as a sleeping beast.

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