Huari cushma, c.800 AD
Woven, Alpaca Wool, 251 x 155 cm
The sublime beauty of this minimal aesthetics resonates with numerous modern attempts in abstract arts and crafts, such as Bridget Riley’s colourful orchestration of geometries, or the various colour fields on Brent Wadden’s woven panels.
This bold monumental example of bold Huari textile aesthetics exemplifies this culture’s technical virtuosity in expressing abstractly the beliefs that man has the power to create order, transcend space and time in a non-representative colour field of geometrics. For, surely accustomed as we are with our late 20th century modes of perception freed from representational conventions, the visual impact of this cloth and those of the following group cannot fail to resonate with the archetypal heritage of abstraction inherent within us all.