Artist Christina Forrer Spends 200 Hours Resurrecting Centuries-Old Tapestry Tradition

November 22, 2014 1:09 AM

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Artist Christina Forrer Spends 200 Hours Resurrecting Centuries-Old Tapestry Tradition

In the middle ages, tapestries depicted sprawling battles between gods and monsters, human beings and mythical beasts, precarious moments on the divide between the mortal world and eternal hell. Fast forward some sixteen hundred years to Christina Forrer's variation on the theme, in which epic battles are replaced with carnivalesque caricatures engaged in exaggerated power clashes.

Forrer's protagonists, who seem to be wearing makeup on their masks, are immortalized in moments that, in some way, toy with dominance and submission. Sometimes the power abuse comes at the hand of another person, or perhaps an idea, or a system, or even a misplaced projection of emotion. Her charac...

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