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Gusanos (Worms)

A work made of wool; pressed and needle punched felt, laser cut; appliquéd with cotton and nylon mono-filament.

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  • A work made of wool; pressed and needle punched felt, laser cut; appliquéd with cotton and nylon mono-filament.

Date:

2013

Artist:

Francisco Toledo
Mexican, 1940-2019

About this artwork

Unlike other artists represented in this gallery, Francisco Toledo is not known primarily for his textile work. Over a long career he has made his reputation through prints and paintings, but there have been two moments when he worked on textile projects: in the early 1990s, when he designed a series of tapestries, and during the last four years or so, when he made a small group of felt hangings, including this one. Separate tile-like units of laser-cut handmade felt suggest a floor surface. The worms, wriggling on the surface and emerging from the black gaps, seem to be eating the wool, serving as an amusing metaphor for the laser-cutting process.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Francisco Toledo

Title

Gusanos (Worms)

Place

Oaxaca state (Object made in)

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Made 2013

Medium

Wool; pressed and needle punched felt, laser cut; appliquéd with cotton and nylon mono-filament

Dimensions

177.2 × 263.5 cm (69 3/4 × 103 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Kiff and Rod Slemmons

Reference Number

2015.596a-e

Extended information about this artwork

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