Patricia Belli

Empty Sacks


Patricia Belli born 1964
Original title
Sacos Vacios
Textiles and rope
Object: 1980 × 1430 × 210 mm
Lent by the Tate Americas Foundation, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2018
On long term loan

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Belli patched together various fragments of used shirts. Long, woven threads extend from their pockets and fall onto the floor. The layered folds and billowing structure of the material gives an organic and even bodily appearance to this work. The title conveys a sense of loss, relating to the artist’s experience of a miscarriage. The long extensions of thread have the appearance of umbilical cords.

Gallery label, December 2020

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