Land Lines installation reimagines landscapes in hanging fabrics
Oklahoma artist Rachel Hayes stitched together colourful fabrics to create abstract representations of natural landscapes that hang in a Los Angeles gallery.Called Land Lines, the project comprises 12 panels that hang the full length of a 13-foot-high (3.9-metre-high) in a space in Lowell Ryan Projects gallery.
Hayes, who is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has stitched together rectangular cuts to create the geometric designs. They each comprise a mix of opaque and translucent fabrics in bright colours.
The artist typically creates large-scale geometric textiles that she installs in a range of environments. Land Lines is intended to reference the forms and shapes of landscapes, which she describes as influenced by a range of sources.
“When I think about what landscape drawing means to me, I think of fields of tulips in Holland, beaches scattered with hundreds of wind breakers in New Jersey, lines of laundry running between buildings, textiles lying out to dry in India, rows of corn and wheat in the Midwest, “Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, the surrounded islands of Christo and Jean-Claude, and the sprayed paint from Katharina Grosse covering buildings and walls,” Hayes explained.
“Knowing about, and seeing all these ways of creating markings on the land has always had an impact on my imagination,” she added.
A mixture of polyester, nylon and cotton rectangular segments are arranged in horizontal and vertical orientations so that each panel is different.
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