Soft Alchemy (Rose Lungs) by Ema Shin
Medium: Cotton, wool
Dimensions: 44 x 38 x 3cm
Made in 2016
My series of handwoven tapestry “Soft Alchemy” presents the fecundity of the female body, and my own physical experience with the handwoven tapestry process establishing a tactility that further imbues the work with fertility and sensitivity. Woven with cotton warp and wool and cotton weft it establishes three-dimensionality with a padded body organ/bone and flowers, vein-like bound cords and sections of long threads that create a profusion of sensual stamens. I aim to create compositions that express sensitivity for tactile materials, the contemporary application of historical techniques, physical awareness, femininity and sexuality that celebrate women’s lives and bodies.