Dimensions | W100mm x H170mm
Material | Wool / Bonded Cotton |
by Richard McVetis | London / England
Richard McVetis practice is deeply rooted in process and hand embroidery. He records time and space through multiples of dots, lines, and crosses. These meticulously rendered stitches reflect a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of a process, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. The inscribed stitches mark the rhythms of the hand, a delicate performance of obsessive intricacy, refinement, and physical activity.
Deliberately minimalist, he uses a limited palette of colours and materials. Yet within this limited field he is able to examine a sense of scale - the tiny, intricate stitches capturing a sense of vast time and creating a dominant mass through their repetition. There is a sense of stillness and control to his process, as though his meticulous and rhythmic actions can restore a sense of order and calm. The intense detail makes them highly intimate, drawing the viewer ever closer. The fragments arranged to form a series of small abstracts.
In an exploration of line and space, Richard uses black thread, waste jacquard fabrics from TOAST and waste fabrics from his previous artworks - from lightweight cottons to repurposed stage curtains. The use of worn garments and fabrics and turning them into something unique and unexpected promote the idea that clothes can have a life beyond their first wearer; creatively supporting a lower carbon lifestyle.
McVetis artwork is unquestionably unique and internationally celebrated. A finalist of the 2018 Loewe Craft Prize his artwork have been exhibited in galleries, art fairs, and museums across the world. He is also a finalist for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2011 and 2016, and at the Cheongju International Craft Prize in 2015, McVetis was selected to be part of the British Pavilion, Form + Motion at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in 2017.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Richard McVetis lives and works in London.