Gabriel Dawe Interview for WONDER at the Renwick Gallery

I’m Gabriel Dawe and I’m an
installation artist based in Dallas. I’m here at the Renwick installing my piece, Plexus A1. I’m working with sewing thread. This series of installations
are all made out of sewing thread. They’re basically these architectural
structures made with the core material of clothing. I started working with
textiles as a way of challenging notions of gender identity. I grew up in Mexico City and there’s a
lot of notions of mature culture that forbid me to play with textiles when I
was a kid. As a grown man I decided to challenge those notions of identity. This work is always site specific. In
this particular case, I have quite an interesting challenge with the four
columns. I use an extension pole with a tool I developed that works as a giant needle.
It’s just stretching the thread one strand at a time. There’s thousands of
connections, between hooks in the floor and hooks in the ceiling. It’s somewhere
around 55-60 miles of thread. It really makes people react in very authentic ways.
These structures are so ethereal that they look like frozen rays of light. The point of departure is always the
full-spectrum. It’s always making that reference to light.

Dereck Turner

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