Carpets with paint (grey, blue, white, beige, black).  various sizes (0,3 – 0,7 m w x 0,5 m – 1,3 m h), 2011

Rugs of different sizes are painted multiple times, each layer drying before the next is added.

By painting the textile’s surface repeatedly over time, less of the actual object is visible, and yet more of its texture and form come to attention, alluding to culture and specifically the passing on of tradition in context of beliefs and religion.

Historically, traditions may persist and evolve for thousands of years. The word tradition derives from Latin tradere, meaning to transmit, hand over, give for safekeeping. While it is commonly assumed that traditions have ancient history, many traditions have been invented on purpose, whether that be political or cultural.

The work deals with traditions’ inevitable change over time as following generations unconsciously or consciously adapt to or modify them, keeping them alive, needing to again and again re-discover, re-recognize and enforce their original meaning and potential, passing them on or having to abandon them, if connection and bearing are lost or overcome as time passes.


Sarah Sailer
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