A series of works that explore the aesthetics of woven canvas and the legacy of abstract painting. At first, the hyper-visible paint brush strokes and colourful patterns overshadow the finer woven structures. But slowly, fragile and unsettled parts of the open threads appear, hanging freely in the middle of the construction. Designer Evelyn Sitter started the work by investigating the construction of the canvas, the base of every painting; an iconic, yet underrated fabric. By painting simultaneously during the weaving process, she interrelated those media. The German title of the work – “Unbehagen N°2” – refers to the concept of discomfort towards standardised gender identities and hierarchies in crafts and art.
The works are woven by hand on a countermarch-loom from the 19th century without any use of electricity. Sitter’s version of the canvas has different densities in the warp, using white cotton and shades of grey and a strong carpet warp. The interplay of color is created during the weaving process and not after. By colouring the warp threads before weaving them, shades and colours can evolve and interact. Contrasting materials and open parts left in warp and weft give a feeling of a deconstructed fragile composition.