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Brooklyn-based artist collaborating with museums internationally to breathe new life into ancient textiles


 
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PORTRAITS OF ANCIENT LINEN

Rothschild’s sharp acrylic-on-canvas realizations of textile fragments focus on the spinning of fiber, the knitting of thread, and the seemingly vocational skill inherent in each piece. With palpable deference, the artist creates haunting, evocative recapitulations that exist on the cusp of Nature and Culture, eliciting challenges and questions about the artistry inherent in traditionally female “crafts,” the notion of artistic expression itself, and the social, economic, and historical hierarchies woven into our collective consciousness.

 
 
The small, incidental, brilliantly-colored tapestry fragments of the Rose Choron collection expand in Gail Rothschild’s paintings to attain monumentality and a distinctive levity in the face of decay.
— Thelma K. Thomas, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, New York University [Excerpt from exhibition catalogue, "From the Desert To The City: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles," Godwin-Ternbach Museum of Queens College, 2018]
 
 
The minutia of each square centimeter of her work reveals a universe of form only after moving between a focused, close-up examination of the object’s nano-texture to the far-sighted view of the picture’s figure from ten or twenty feet away.
— T'ai Smith, Associate Professor, Art History, Visual Art & Theory University of British Columbia [Excerpt from New York Textile Month Catalogue, 2018]
 
 

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