Tangled Yarns
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Alke's solo exhibition "Tangled Yarns" explores the politics and morality of the textile industry and the cotton trade, from the 18th century to the present day. The exhibition was initially commissioned by the William Morris Gallery with support from Arts Council England and then toured to Cromford Mills. A selection was shown in Saltaire in 2016, and in 2017 selected works toured to the People's History Museum, Manchester.
Each work examines a different episode in the industry’s complex - and often brutal – history, combining found fabrics with painting, stitch or print. Using both narrative and more abstract approaches, Alke reveals how the trade is intertwined with issues of race and gender, exploitation and violence. Each piece incorporates a different fabric, chosen for its association with the story being told and used as a canvas, sculptural medium or object in itself.