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Cornelia Theimer Gardella




Cornelia Theimer Gardella Weaving SouthwestMy art practice is strongly linked to my travels. Through photography and handwoven tapestry, I explore my relationship to the land. I am drawn to sparse and open places and seek to distil the essence of these landscapes in my work.

The line of the horizon has been central to my art. It consistently appears in my photography work and is also the basic line created at the loom when laying in the weft for my tapestries.

Both disciplines, photography and tapestry weaving, are integral parts of my practice.

Photography allows me to capture space, light, and colors, at a specific point in time. It is linked to physically experiencing the land, the seasons, it is connected to walking and to being exposed to the elements. The results are immediate.

At the loom, time slows down. My tapestry work is abstract and reduces my initial inspiration to isolated shapes and colors. Weaving with hand-dyed yarns, I am primarily interested in seeing how colors interact with each other and the space they create within the tapestries.

My current tapestry work is untitled. I want the colors and shapes to speak their own language and create something new in the eye of the viewer, something which is not necessarily tied to my initial inspiration.

Born and educated in Germany, my fascination for sparse landscapes brought me to New Mexico in 2005 to study traditional fiber arts in El Rito. At the same time, I began taking workshops with Santa Fe-based tapestry artist James Koehler. I continue to be influenced by the rich textile traditions of the desert Southwest.

I have been awarded two residencies at the Iceland Textile Center in Blönduós, Iceland and have recently shown my work at Not Quite Gallery in Fengersfors, Sweden. I am currently collaborating with Swedish artist Emelie Rygfelt Wilander on a project called “Textile Journeys” which started in Iceland and Sweden and continues to New Mexico this fall.

My work has been shown internationally and can be found in private collections in the US and Germany as well as the public collection of the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź, Poland.