Rugs, Exhibition view, Hollywood Art Center, 2014
Hand-sewn and designed rugs made from recycled stuffed animal toy skins. The rugs not only reference the personal histories of the toy's owners, but investigate the rug as an object organizing and displaying memories and lineages. In Eastern Cultures, the oriental rug centralizes the living space in pattern, operating beyond utility to depict the spiritual and mental world in woven form.
"The first carpets were produced in Asia (4000 BC) by nomadic peoples, and served as protection and shelter. In some cultures (e.g. Bedouin culture) they are used for sleep and hosting. In other words, domestic contexts tie the substance from which the rugs were made (the toys) with rugs themselves, and the domestic is the kingdom of the woman, a realm of yearning and a promise for happiness. Add to this the fact that the age-old tradition of carpet-weaving is Oriental, as opposed to the Western tradition of quilt-making. Another paradoxical aspect has to do with the stuffed animals’ conditions of production and the fact that the majority of these toys are manufactured in countries such as China and Indonesia to supply the demand of the West. In this respect, Woodgate's rugs pay tribute to the oriental carpet-making tradition, alluding to the historical and ritual value of the materials, as well as to the affinities between commerce, tradition, East and West, and modernity, in the era of globalism. With the Rug Collection Woodgate is particularly drawn to the specific meanings in the arrangement of rug designs, and how different histories of the rug represent stories of the past and ways of tracing archetypes in physical and material forms."
Complete essay on the Rug Collection, From Skin to Landscapes written by Tami Katz-Freiman
Milky Ways, Stuffed animal toy skins, 18 ft x 11 ft, 2013
Seven Seas , Stuffed animal toy skins, 15 ft x 10 ft , 2013
No Rain, No Rainbows, Stuffed animal toy skins, 16 ft x 9.5 ft, 2011
Royal, Stuffed animal toy skins, 9 ft x 7ft , 2010
Home, Stuffed animal toy skins, 9 ft x 7ft , 2010
Peacock, Stuffed animal toy skins, 8 ft x 7ft, 2010
Rose Petals, Stuffed animal toy skins, 8 ft x 7ft , 2010
Galaxy, Stuffed animal toy skins, 6.5 ft x 6.5 ft , 2010