Olga de Amaral is inspired by the countryside around her home in Bogota, memories of gold-leaf covered Catholic church interiors, and knowledge of ancient craft traditions and materials gleaned from trips to native artisan markets. Using traditional hand-weaving techniques, linen, and fibers grown in Colombian soil, she carefully constructs abstract representations of place which are at once spiritual and sensual. They are tangible reminiscences of the land, its people, and its traditions. The Lienzo Ceremonial series features intricately woven "waterfalls" of color. A spiderweb of individual linen threads forms a fluid composition of color gradations. The background of each work has also been gessoed and painted to further enhance the overall composition. Technique, structure, and materials have always been central to de Amaral's work. Weaving and plaiting are her primary techniques although she is also very adept at layering.


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Artist
Olga de Amaral, Colombian, born 1932
Title
Lienzo Ceremonial 6
Date
1989
Medium
Linen, acrylic, and gold leaf
Dimensions
76 1/2 × 20 3/4 × 1 3/4in. (194.3 × 52.7 × 4.4cm)
Credit Line

Gift of Carol Straus

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2006.5
Classification
Fiber Arts
Provenance

[Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, New Mexico]; Elissa and Daniel Arons; [Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia]; Carol Straus; given to MFAH, 2006.