Matriarchal Womb by Tanya Aguiñiga

Sculpture  /  Organic
Published: 24.02.2023
Tanya Aguiñiga
Matriarchal Womb
Cotton, Mexican terracotta, and synthetic hair.
162.5 x 142 x 30.4 cm
Unique piece

This textile work layers materials and methods to express poignant metaphors about family and community. It is a homage to matrilineal support and the tender relationship between Aguiñiga and her daughter. Based on the outline of the two of them, huddled side by side, the work uses a variety of techniques, including off-loom weaving, knotting, crochet and knitting, as a metaphor for the interconnected non-hierarchical relationships within communities. Sections of the work have been dipped in self-drying terracotta, an important material to cultures of the global south, which forms a rigid but flexible skin around the fibres.
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