Bridge Residency artist
Winter 2020-Spring 2021
Installed Thu, Apr 8, 2021
On view through 2021.
Inspired by the beauty of weaving notations, Marianne Fairbanks has repositioned traditional weaving language into large and graphic scrims, full of dynamic patterns and saturated colors.
The window installations refer to textiles as the material of curtains and the weaving patterns that might adorn the woven fabric. Rather than being woven with thread, these traditional American overshot patterns have been translated by Fairbanks into large laser cut patterns on a painted, non-woven polyethylene (commonly known as Tyvek).
The patterns of weaving are systems of binary code; when represented on gridded paper, a black square indicates the warp is over the weft, and a white square indicates the weft is over the warp. The simplicity of this equation holds infinite potential for pattern and interlacements. The drafted patterns are the mathematical instructions passed down over time and place. These patterns can be adapted by each weaver through the use of color, repeat, scale and size of material and ultimately end use of the textile created.
These works celebrate the complexity of the weaving patterns, and the ingenuity and generosity of the weavers who developed them and historians who compiled them.