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

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Ruth Laskey
Twill Series (New Black), 2009
Hand-woven and hand-dyed linen
21.25 x 24.75 inches

 

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Ruth Laskey
Study for Twill Series (New Black), 2009
Watercolor on graph paper
11 x 12 inches

 

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Ruth Laskey
Twill Series (Imperial Purple), 2010
Hand-woven and hand-dyed linen
19 x 17.5 inches

 

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Ruth Laskey
Study for Twill Series (Imperial Purple), 2010
Watercolor on graph paper
14.5 x 13.5 inches

 

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Ruth Laskey
Twill Series (Blue Gray), 2010
Hand-woven and hand-dyed linen
21 x 30 inches

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Ruth Laskey
Study for Twill Series (Blue Gray), 2010
Watercolor on graph paper
13 x 18.5 inches

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Ruth Laskey
Twill Series (Blackened Pagoda Red/Olive Drab/Sage Green), 2011
Hand-woven and hand-dyed linen
27 x 22 inches

 

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Ruth Laskey
Study for Twill Series (Blackened Pagoda Red/Olive Drab/Sage Green), 2011
Watercolor on paper
14 x 11 inches

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Ruth Laskey
Twill Series (Khaki/Blackened Golden Brown/Blackened Deep Yellow), 2011
Hand-woven and hand-dyed linen
27 x 22 inches

 

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Ruth Laskey
Study for Twill Series (Khaki/Blackened Golden Brown/Blackened Deep
Yellow), 2011
Watercolor on paper
14 x 11 inches

One Comment

  1. I’ve admired this work since her MFA show at CCA. Simply beautiful!

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