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Tapestry, Tree of Life

Zsuzsa Szenes1968

Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

The organically unfolding shape of the central motif of the stylized tree shows the plant in its entirety: the large system of roots under the surface of the ground, the trunk, and the foliage. The tree of life as a title and symbolic theme also appears in other works of the artist that employ similar techniques.
Zsuzsa Szenes often used a technique she called ‘wool-stitching’: she attached the coloured unspun wool yarn to the base fabric in free swirling shapes, with slightly spun, coloured wool yarn, exploiting the playful graphic possibilities of the technique.

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