Using embroidery, yarn, and wool artist Ana Teresa Barboza creates textile art with landscapes and other imagery that exists in the space between tapestry and sculpture.
Mimicking the flow of waves or grass, each piece seems to tumble from its embroidery hoop where it flows down the gallery wall. Most of the pieces seen here are from her 2013 Suspension series, though you can see more on her blog.
She creates a parallel between the process of manual crafts and creating and nature’s process. She contrasts the two, by creating structure with yarn which resemble the threads of a plant and similar structures. The knitting in her work brings her closer to nature and by taking us by the hand and showing us her world, she provides us the chance to see structures from a different point of view. Barboza’s artistic proposal consists of intervening the natural weaves, transforming it while respecting its natural course, and bringing the value of manual craft back to life.
Born in Lima, Perú in 1980, Ana Teresa Barboza lives and works in her native city. She studied painting in the Faculty of Art at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PCUP).
The artist says: “Working with my hands, it’s something I’ve always done since childhood… and the incredible images that textiles can produce. I feel the fabric gives familiarity to the image, it pulls you in to stop and admire the details.”
What influenced her work was seeing her grandmother as a child making all these handmade pieces.