Encounters That Shape Us Through Desire

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Encounters That Shape Us Through Desire (2022) is a handwoven piece by Hudson-based artist, weaver, and educator Margot Becker. Her work explores sense of place, the natural environment and the connection between the individual and the communal subconscious. Through tactile processes, she questions our understanding of sustainability, the value of labor and the role of handcraft in late capitalism. Her weaving practice originated from a desire to understand the origins and lives affected by the production of the cloths that surround us in our day to day. In 2010, Margot embarked on an independent study to understand the process of creating textiles from start to finish. Following the belief that to know your production line, you must be your production line, this project became an all-encompassing life practice—incorporating animal husbandry, yarn spinning technologies and fine hand weaving. The resulting line of vertically integrated textiles is now shown nationwide and in Japan. Margot Becker received a BA from Bard College in 2009 and an MFA with California College of Art in 2020.

29" x 29"
Linen, cotton, acrylic paint, mounted on unbleached cotton canvas.