Visual Glitches Turned into Real-Life Rugs

Faig Ahmed, an artist from Azerbaijan, creates surreal carpets that appear to bend and distort reality. Some pop out in 3D dimensions. Others seem to be physical manifestations of digital image glitches. In an interview with Art Radar Journal, Ahmed explains how he designs and weaves them:

I work with a group. Usually there are twenty to 25 people involved in the process. This group experience gives my work vitality and I’m the spark that ignites it.

When I decide to begin a piece, I first talk to the carpet makers and then edit and correct their work alongside my own sketch. Next, my artwork is transferred onto engineering paper. After these preparations, the weaving process begins. As a rule, the process itself is not that easy, and I have to visit the workshop often and make corrections all along the way.

Each work needs a different type of research. For a carpet from the “Fluid Forms” show, for example, I was pouring paint onto the walls to see how different colours blend into each other and flow. For the Geometric series of carpets, I was cutting different shapes from paper to place over the surfaces to see what kinds of shades they create.

-via 123 Inspiration


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