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Gabriela Cristu’s imagery in her amazing tapestries speak to me of Dali and Ernst. Her compositions are dense and rich with color.
She began her artistic career drawing and painting, but traveled through the tapestry studios to the classroom she would work in:
I have chosen the genre of tapestry long before I begun doing it, since I was studying at the Academy of Arts in Bucharest. Our study workshop was next to the workshop with many looms of those who were making tapestry and through which I was passing every day. I still see it in front of my eyes. Daring and monumental are the word which best describe that space.
The influence of that experience led her to buy her own tapestry loom, and after several years began transforming her drawings and paintings into astounding woven tapestries:
Until one day when I decided to approach the tapestry loom. With no hesitation. That feeling of provisional disappeared and, since then, I am able to say it again, I have never ceased to discover this wonderful form of expression – the tapestry. In my opinion, it is comparable with the mural painting because it has a different consistency and another timbre than canvas painting or cardboard drawing. It is entirely special. The one who says that tapestry is a minor art is wrong: painting is as fascinating as weaving tapestry, anyway the feeling that I am an accomplished artist comes from my doing tapestry and also because I personally do my own works.
Tapestry weaving is painstaking and slow. Those that choose this form of weaving have great patience. The result is beautiful and amazing. Gabriela Cristu weaves complex imagery into each of her amazing textiles.