Becky Allen, ‘Unwoven ’, 2016, Cob
Becky Allen, ‘Unwoven ’, 2016, Cob

Weave, Unweave. Becky Allen's drawings for Alteria Art's presentation the 'House of Penelope' will be shown in their undoing. Working by day and night, she mimicked the act of weaving by relentlessly marking a herringbone pattern, continuing as it warped and unraveled. Having created four pieces that together represent the length of a funeral shroud, two will remain as accomplished works whilst the others will show signs of her effort to remove their marks. Leaving traces of her imprint behind, the drawings become shadows of their former selves. Echoing Penelope's ritual, the artist experienced long hours of hardship, patience and labouring of love.