In 2019 Marisa Rappard developed a tapestry in collaboration with Judith Peskens at the Textile Lab in Tilburg.
Titled ‘Moving Brightness, Hidden Gem’, the tapestry displays a variety of structures that appear to move in distinct directions. Although abstract, the shapes remind of clouds, landscapes, buildings, and sea, as if the work were a dense and compressed representation of the world. In the centre one can discover a hand-shaped gem waiting to be dug up.
While preserving the suggestion of hand-painted strokes, the weaving process (jaquard weaving) emphasizes the sense of layeredness in the work. The black parts in the work were woven tighter than the coloured patches, creating a contrast in denseness. Also, the different textures of yarn add to this sense of layeredness. The whites bear a subtle pearly shimmer in them and the blue yarn is a soft and fuzzy one.
The size of this work is 158 x 255 cm. Photos by Lotte Stekelenburg.