Loosening Fabric #6 (Entangled)



EUR 23,000 + VAT


Loosening Fabric #6 (Entangled) 2017


Unravelled fabric

330 x 210 x 219 cm


About this work


Tezuka titled this unweaving for its place in the group exhibition ‘Entangled: Threads and Making’ at Turner Contemporary in 2017. That explored how female artists have both used and broken away from the tools and techniques historically associated with ‘women’s work’. Tezuka has referred to her deconstructions as a metonym for how Japanese traditions were displaced by western technology from the nineteenth century onwards: perhaps these falling threads are tears mourning the loss.


Many post-modern painters have found ways to deconstruct the canvas: Aiko Tezuka, who studied painting, applies what she learned to textiles – from antique fabrics to fashion brands to her own designs. She fastidiously extracts threads from the fabrics, sometimes re-weaving them to both de-create and re-create the material’s structures and narratives. The appeal, Tezuka has explained, is to investigate ‘what makes up the surface’, ‘what things could I see behind the surface’ and ‘how could I embody these things behind the surface into my work’. Time, she says, could be one of those things, and the unravelling allows her to ‘figuratively reverse time while making the invisible time visible’.

Mutterkuchen – 04 (Circulation), 2019


Mutterkuchen – 04 (Circulation), 2019

EUR 15,000 + VAT

Fragile Surface (Mutterkuchen)–2019-003


Fragile Surface (Mutterkuchen)–2019-003 2019

EUR 4,800 + VAT