Agustina Woodgate: Rugs
March 29 – May 25, 2014
Opening Reception: Fri., March 28, 6 - 10 pm
For the first time, Agustina Woodgate’s series Rug Collection is being presented together in a solo exhibition. These are hand-sewn rugs made from the pelts of stuffed toy animals. The process starts with the artist accumulating these cast-aside personal objects, which had formerly been lovingly held by their previous owners. The rugs not only reference the personal histories of the toy’s owners, but investigate the rug as an object organizing and displaying memories and lineages.
In the press
In Eastern cultures, the rug centralizes the living space in pattern, operating beyond utility to depict the spiritual and mental world in woven form. Woodgate is particularly drawn to the specific meanings in the arrangement of rug designs. She explores how different histories of the rug represent stories of the past and ways of tracing archetypes in physical and material forms.
Check out this video of Augustina Woodgate’s Rugs series, courtesy of ArtisAbout.com
Agustina Woodgate discusses her Rug Collection at her studio while in the process of making “Royal”, documented by Anthony Spinello (2010) courtesy of Spinello Project
Image: Agustina Woodgate, Milky Ways, 2013, Stuffed animal skins, 18 × 11 ft., Courtesy Spinello Projects
Agustina Woodgate: Rugs is funded in part by a grant from Funding Arts Broward.