‘le trame del mondo – Interlacement’, solo exhibition, Piazza di Spagna, Roma, Italy

Wednesday January 24th, PiazzadiSpagna9, a Boutique Hotel and Art Gallery conceptualized by Stefania Grippo, is proud to announce the opening of Interlacement– a solo show by internationally renowned artist Tania Welz.

This project, curated by Raffaella Salato, is composed of over twenty contemporary tapestries produced between 2010 and 2017. These predominantly large scale pieces are in dialogue with smaller works establishing polyptych conversations amongst themselves. Also incorporated are preparatory drawings allowing the viewer exclusive insight into the creative process of this refined and unique artist.
Tania Welz, German by birth but Roman by choice, interprets the world around her through material and color. She then applies her talent in an expressive, powerful, and original way: abstract tapestry. Much like painters using brush strokes to illustrate their inner motives, the artist chooses material mediums (jute, silk, cotton, velvet, wool) which she then tears, unravels, burns, mends, and assembles. The outcome often associates the fabrics with more natural elements, including but not limited to, metal, branches, fragments of mirrors and much more. Tania uses her work to express her perception of modern society, often torn by conflict, but ultimately expressing a hope for dialogue and reconstruction. She effectively communicates these ideologies through her intensely contemporary approach.

Curatorial text by Raffaela Salato

Fabrics, threads, canvases, textures … an ancient universe. An attitude of man since the dawn of time. Weaving is one of the most archaic artisan activities to which human beings have ever dedicated themselves, and has done so to satisfy their primary need to protect themselves from the elements. In Tania Welz’s art of weaving has also become a metaphor referring to the life of men. In the collective imagination of our ancestors – -and the suggestion endures even today — the entanglement of the fabric, the interweaving of different threads, the infinite possibilities of creative solution that weaving has allowed, are easily identified with the life paths of individuals, even when not aligned with the destinies of the whole.
Commonly, it is used to say that “life is hanging by a thread”, or that our destiny inevitably depends on events: and the verb to-hang, in fact, evokes the image of something that “hangs” from a thread . In this sense, Greek mythology has given us the most fascinating stories: just think of Penelope, wife of Ulysses, who in his weaving the canvas by day and undo it at night waiting for the beloved’s return, represents the attempt to master his own destiny escaping, thanks to deception, to marriage with one of the Proci; to Arianna, who by delivering to Teseo the thread that will allow him to get out of the Cretan labyrinth after having killed the fearsome Minotaur, binds the survival of the hero to a brilliant intuition; to Aracne, whose skill in the art of weaving condemns her to a spider (destined to spin for the whole existence) by a furious and envious Athena; finally, to the three Parcae (or Moire), powerful creatures who presided over the entire course of human life, twisting, enveloping and finally cutting the thread of life of each mortal being.
Like a modern heroine, Tania Welz uses the variety and versatility of the fabric to tell her own version of the world, to trace a path, to represent a destiny … perhaps that of the whole of humanity. In the interweaving of the fibers of a canvas, it is evident, in fact, the parallel with that dense weave that invariably links the phenomena of life and the fate of men to one another. For Welz, the fabric is an eclectic and flexible material like few others: it does not have the bi-dimensionality of a canvas, it does not have the rigidity of clay or marble … it is a lively and vital tool, multifaceted, in its expert hands, which they are skilled in giving a new life to the fabric by contaminating it with other elements, with grafts of different fibers, or by mistreating it and then recomposing it.
The art of Tania Welz, although profoundly contemporary, is an art of archaic taste, which refers to the ancient tradition of the tapestry, widespread since the most remote times throughout the world, from Africa, Japan, up to the Pre-Columbian America, but developed in Europe especially since the early fourteenth century (the word “tapestry” comes from Arras, the city of France where, in the Middle Ages, the best tapestries were produced). However, the artist aims at a new use of fibers, which leads her to choose fabrics and “finished” fabrics and to connect them to each other, through cuts, assemblages, burns and upholstery, to create large abstract works with a strong chromatic and material impact. Such compositions are always the tangible expression of an inner movement, which becomes a resonance box of social malaise: a widespread malaise at the planetary level, which Welz feels intensely, and which results in conflicts of various nature – class, race, of sex, religion, culture – from which no civilization is immune.