In the Heat of the Moment, tapestry by Kate Derum
In the Heat of the Moment, tapestry by Kate Derum.
1998, woven tapestry - wool, cotton, linen, 190 x 150cm. Photograph: Terence Bogue. Ararat Regional Art Gallery Collection. Purchased with the assistance of the Robert Salzer Foundation, 2008.
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In the Heat of the Moment was woven on a scaffold loom with a ‘loose’ structure rather than a finished drawing or painting to work from. The tapestry takes the simple structure of nomadic rugs, integrating the patterning associated with rugs and carpets with the pictorial representation of drawing and painting. Small images are boxed around the edge in a patterned border, with the main image of a human face above a dome-like structure in the centre. The composition suggests a tension between personal and public identity and individual liberty versus social/political control.
Kate Derum has said of her Midnight Tapestries series that, “I have used this form to explore the hours of the night. It seems to me that in these hours yesterday, today and tomorrow are for a brief time together. Often when we try to throw light on a subject all that ever comes into sharp focus is the shadows, throwing into high relief the drama and necessity of opposites – public and private, dark and light, male and female, old and new, nature and culture.”