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Debbie Lawson Tames the Wild by Cloaking Life-Sized Animals in Ornate Rugs — Colossal



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#animals #Debbie Lawson #rugs #sculpture

February 12, 2024

Grace Ebert

“Sitting Deer” (2023), rug and mixed media, 39 1/2 x 43 x 18 1/2 inches. All images © Debbie Lawson, courtesy of Sargents Daughters, shared with permission

The wildlife that emerges from the luxurious motifs of woven rugs, emerging from Debbie Lawson’s Kent studio, is camouflaged by domesticity. The artist (formerly) is known for sculptures of her wrapped in ornate rugs, the latest of which can now be seen at Sargents Daughters for her solo exhibition. Hidden Territories.

Elaborate Persian patterns obscure life-size deer, lions and bears, which, while distinct in their forms, lose their naturalistic qualities beneath the elegant floor coverings. Rather than simply covering each animal with cloth, Lawson leaves the common rectangular rug shape around each creature, further obscuring the boundary between inanimate human-made decoration and natural life.

Hidden Territories continues in New York City until March 9. Take a look at Lawson’s studio and see more of his work on his website and Instagram.

a seated lion sculpture covered an ornate beige rug

“White Lion” (2023), rug and mixed media, 47 x 34 x 19 inches

a detail of a deer covered an ornate white and blue rug

a sculpture of a sitting deer covered an ornate blue rug in the foreground with similar sculptures of a bear and lion in the background

a sculpture of a snarling bear covered an ornate beige rug

“Bear Cartouche” (2023), rug and mixed media, 57 1/8 x 38 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches

a lion sculpture covered an ornate beige rug

“Red Lion” (2023), rug and mixed media, 37 x 55 x 12 inches

A deer sculpture covered an ornate beige and white rug in a gallery A seated lion sculpture covered an ornate beige and blue rug

#animals #Debbie Lawson #rugs #sculpture

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