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Dirt Carpet-14
Dirt Carpet-14
Soil, cement powder, bricks and ash
2022

The concept is about the rich textile history and the geographic environment of Poland. Lodz used to be famous in the weaving industry and had a lot of mills in the past. There are a lot of factory buildings still existing in the city. Textile represents the connection and relationship between cities, countries and generations. The southeastern part of Poland is close to Ukraine and the east is connected to Belarus. This is the area where the Ukrainian-Russian war is currently taking place. However, the two countries have faced contradictions and conflicts for a long time. Now much life and culture have been ruthlessly destroyed by the war. By constructing the patterns of the Dirt Carpet, pattern elements are taken from a variety of weaving machines in the museum's collection, and are combined with spools, missiles, spinning wheel, metal steel frame and other shapes. Those images are responding to each other, as the border gate and the fabric structure, the soft cotton fiber and the smoke from the fire, the metal structures and the tank traps, etc. In the center the bricks and ash were collected from a destroyed building in the city center of Izium during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The concept of Dirt Carpet itself expresses respect for life in various ways, echoing the interlaced of warps and wefts, and the vertical and horizontal structures of the fabric tapestry itself. Even if there is no significant connection between fabrics and war, they have opposite effects on each other. Create culture, not war.