Collect Open 2020, Stand W3, West Wing
Textile artist Margo Selby presents Vexillum, a grand-scale series of handwoven artworks. These oversized geometric structures, each measuring 165 x 175cm, push the boundaries of what can be achieved on her 24-shaft hand loom and mark a new and progressive phase in Selby's textile art practice. Each composition is woven with over 18,000 strands of cotton, Tencel and silk yarns, blended in the construction to create a textural and graphic surface.
In this body of work Selby explores ideas inherent to weave: mathematical pattern, the binary system and simultaneous contrast of colour. These celebratory textiles embrace the symbiotic function of machine and hand, while playfully invoking abstraction and illusionism.