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Life-size wild animals protrude from ornate carpets in sculptures with flexible perspectives

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#Animals
# Carpets
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#Sculpture
#Textiles

March 29, 2021

Anna Marks

“Persian kangaroo.” All images © Debbie Lawson, shared with permission

A new menagerie of polar bears, deer and kangaroos resembles typical wildlife, except that they are literally swept under the rug and their facial features are not visible. These towering sculptural forms are made by artists Debbie Lawson ((before), who makes animals wrapped in extensive Persian carpets. Rather than being camouflaged by a forest, jungle, or snow-capped arctic, Lawson’s creatures boldly protrude from the fabric and tower above the viewer.

In her process, Lawson sculpts the animals from a combination of chicken wire and duct tape. Then she puts lush carpets over them, creating the illusion that these animals are about to jump out of the fabric, walk and dance. This method derives from what Lawson describes as its ability to detect hidden images in floors, textured walls, and various patterns. This interest is reflected in her perspective-changing sculptures that seem to jump out of the walls of the gallery.

Take a look inside Lawson’s studio and find a wider variety of their carpeted creatures her side and Instagram.

Lawson underway with “Polar Bear”

“Bear cartridge”

Detail from “Persian Kangaroo”

Detail of “Eisbär” in progress

Left: “Blue Deer”. Right: “Red Boar”

“Bear cartridge”

Detail from “Red Boar”

#Animals
# Carpets
# Carpets
#Sculpture
#Textiles

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