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Racquel Come to Me, 2019

Design And Decorative Arts

Hand knotted, Tibetan weave, 255,000 knots/ sqm

106.00 x 83.00 in

269.2 x 210.8 cm

Edition of 10

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

$16,500
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About The Work

Titled Racquel Come to Me, the rug is adapted from a unique photo drawing collage created for specifically this project. The shape is irregular and free-form and combines visual elements that create a landscape of references from art history, popular culture and politics. Various levels of pile heights, carving and cutting techniques have been utilized to create an exquisite work of art. Each hand-made piece in the edition run is inherently unique due to the artisan practices used in the design’s 6-month making.

The nature of the media at hand, a hand knotted rug, is a natural complement to components utilized in Thomas’ immersive installations that utilize textiles, wallpaper, furniture and decor objects to reconstruct the 1970s domestic aesthetic that was formative to her visual narrative. Thomas’ work stems from her long study of art history and classical genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life. Inspired by various sources that range from the 19th century Hudson river school to Édouard Manet, Alice Neel, and Romare Bearden, she has created a true signature style and continues to explore notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective infused with the more recent influences of popular culture and pop art, redefining contemporary ideas of portraiture.

In combining traditional genres with African American female subjects, Thomas makes a case for opening up the conventional parameters of art history and culture. Thomas’s layered process of fragmentation, in which she begins with a photographic portrait and moves to collage and then on to painting, is the result of discreet borrowings from our twenty-first century language of mass culture. Strategically placed objects in her photographs come into sharper relief during the collage stage as deliberately exposed tape and abrupt lines between forms frame our perspective, focusing us on the distinct cultural languages that she puts on view.

Courtesy of Henzel Studio

About Mickalene Thomas

From The Magazine

  • Free-form, High & Low Cut, Select areas made with 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7 mm pile-height, Loop pile in select areas Wool (New Zealand), Lyocell, Linen & SIlk (Bamboo)

    Available in two additional sizes. Please inquire for more information.

  • Ships in 17 to 18 weeks from Sweden.
  • This work is final sale and not eligible for return.
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