Rising from the plush motifs of woven rugs, the wildlife that emerge from Debbie Lawson’s Kent studio are camouflaged by domesticity. The artist (previously) is known for her sculptures cloaked in ornate carpets, the latest of which are on view now at Sargents Daughters for her solo exhibition Hidden Territories.
Elaborate Persian patterns obscure life-sized stags, lions, and bears, that, while distinct in form, lose their naturalistic qualities under the posh floor coverings. Rather than simply cloak each animal in fabric, Lawson leaves the common rectangular rug shape around each creature, further obscuring the boundary between inanimate, human-made decoration and natural life.
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Author: Grace Ebert