THE ARTICULATION OF TWILL: Ruth Laskey
The nature of weaving is incredibly rigid in that there are two givens – warp and weft – and a principle method – they must interlace within the structure of a grid. Though there is a world of patterning and tapestry that may happen with those givens, it remains an unbending limitation. Ruth Laskey‘s Twill Series has a magic to it – her works acknowledge the formal geometric structures of the grid while also creating visceral complexities with color and texture that give the viewer the illusion of another dimension within a woven plane.
Laskey’s background is in painting, with an M.F.A. in Painting/Drawing from California College of the Arts in 2005, and a B.F.A. in Painting/Drawing from California College of Arts and Crafts. In her experience as a painter, she attempted to specify a particular material quality by making her own paints, and trying to work the paints into the surface of the canvas. So it’s only natural — in an effort to gain more control over the surface, she set her paints aside and began dying her own linen yarns and weaving them into geometric forms. Using a tapestry technique, the weaving creates an incredibly even surface – while the gradating color embodies various shapes that mold the perception of the viewer’s eye. The experience of viewing her works is ethereal – perhaps a result of the slowness of her process and her delicate precision in utilizing fading hues.
It is enlightening to view Laskey’s weavings in conjunction with her graph paper studies – as the final results are obviously the fruit of meticulous planning and preparation. Yet always, in the woven works, there is an element of surprise – of specificity and articulation – that is a testament to the medium, because it truly could only be achieved through weaving.
Enjoy the below images, Courtesy of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco