|tonal warp stripe, 2010, linen, ramie, weaving, burning, 96" x 27" see artist's website, john paul morabito|
|tonal warp stripe, 2010|
|Plain weave with stripes, 2009, see artist's website|
|plain weave with stripes, detail 2009|
The patterns of dots on the neutrally coloured hand woven grounds are intriguing. On some pieces they seem like a natural kind of dis-colouring, like mold or insect holes. On other pieces, they are measured and precisely placed. But however beautiful they are, these marks are definitely not decoration. There is a depth in this work that hits you in the heart.
"Perhaps left over from when we first realized our mortality, we have built into us a yearning for all things impermanent. To be human is not only to create but also to destroy. Called Thanatos, the death drive draws us to the end. I find myself in some ways ruled by Thanatos.
There is a need to make and a need to destroy, neither can be ignored. " John Paul Morabito
|strip construction, 2010 silk, rayon, handwoven, burned 33 x 69. image from fibrearts magazine spring 2011|
But this young man isn't going so far. He creates in order to destroy and stops there. He says: " Humanness lies in the failure. The work then becomes a quiescent space of penance and finally acceptance."
It is compelling to think about this. My body thinks about it.
|burned textile, detail of strip construction, 2010|
|Warp Faced Plain Weave, 2009, cotton, linen paper, weaving, burning, 55" x 47" from Fiberart international 2010 catalog|
Drawn by the simple beauty of the marks, I respond emotionally to the slow, determined method the artist used to create them, one by one. It is then that the philosophical ideas inherent in those marks work their way into my head. It's all about human mortality. This work is calm acceptance of that undeniable fact.
|After Penelope 2011|
No. John Paul Morabito abandoned this project. See more images on his website.
"I work in repetition. Finding inspiration in the devotional mindsets of religion and masochism I undertake monumental tasks often impossible to complete. Simple, seemingly useless actions are repeated to the point of absurdity and stopped only when the possibility of going on without end is suggested. The work is concerned with the impossibility of eternity."