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In the critical anthology edited by Bill Beckley titled “Uncontrollable Beauty,” the ideas discussed look at a reemergence of an aesthetic of Beauty, the relation of form, colour and content, a reevaluation of the sensual in art and the idea of nature as a reference for perfection or the sublime.8 Hungarian artist Ildiko Dobranyi’s work Grasses is beautiful and lush. She draws on a simple yet dynamic principle of complementary colour contrast to create an aesthetic and sensual experience, creating energy and vibrancy that is palpable.

Thomas Cronenberg, Stoff meines (deutschen) Lebens (Fabric of my (German) Life

Other works offer symbolic and commemorative possibilities; they seem to allude to ritual and to ceremonial involvement of textiles with the body and the spirit. Works like Olga Neuts’ Focus Southwest (figure 5) draw from a broader historic tradition and research base than the European tapestry and acknowledge the extensive multicultural history of tapestry making.

8 Bill Beckley with David Shapiro eds. Uncontrollable Beauty: Towards a New Aesthetic. Allworth Press, New York 1998.

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