[text]tiles

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[tex]tiles, 2015

Collection of  Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia

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The Fortress ManMark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, Latvia, 2015-2016

Installation

Acrylic sheets, vinyl print, and nails

Dimensions variable

Words and text play an integral part in Farniyaz Zaker's art practice. She enjoys playing with, and drawing on the similarities between, text and textiles, to discover the language of textiles. In [tex]tiles 2015, she limited herself to a syllable and printed ‘tex’ – on tiles of acrylic glasses. Taken together, the written ‘tex’es add up to ‘tiles’ and make textiles.  The repetition of ‘text’ is similar to the structure of knots in woven textiles. The same knot is repeating itself over and over again until it becomes a meaningful pattern. Furthermore, the shadow of the ‘tex’es and the tiles renders the surface behind them as textiles. The work invites the audience to read the words across the materials (tiles of acrylic glasses and the printed  ‘tex’es on them). Therefore, her text-based installation not only invites the audience to make connections between texts and textiles, fabrics and walls, clothes and architecture but also bring awareness to the material dimensions of words.