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The Dreams of Erauso, new limited edition textile work by Mercedes Azpilicueta

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Mercedes Azpilicueta
The Dreams of Erauso, 2021
Jacquard tapestry (Merino wool, cotton, lurex)
40 x 40cm
Edition of 12


On the occasion of her first UK solo exhibition Bondage of Passions (2021), Amsterdam-based artist Mercedes Azpilicueta has produced a new limited edition textile work, exclusively for Gasworks.

As with the tapestry commissioned by Gasworks, The Dreams of Erauso (2021) draws on Azpilicueta's investigation into the life of Catalina de Erauso, a 17th-century nun from the Basque Country who travelled to the New World, where s/he lived under male identities and became a ruthless lieutenant in the Spanish colonial army. The details in the textile are taken from a 17th-century engraving from a battle in Chile in which Erauso took part, as well as tracings from books on Spanish male fashions of the period - a nod to the history of the medium of textile itself.

Calling herself a 'dishonest researcher', Azpilicueta navigates across multiple geographies, chronologies and fields of knowledge, ranging from literature and art history to popular music and street culture, in a loving pursuit of subversive and contested historical figures - queer, feminist, exiled and unheard voices from the past - who haunt her videos, sculptures and textiles. 

This edition is produced in collaboration with TextielLab, an experimental lab attached to the TextielMuseum in Tillburg, Netherlands. 


Artist Biography
Mercedes Azpilicueta is an artist born in La Plata, Argentina. She was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam in 2015-16, and received the Pernod Ricard Fellowship in 2017. Solo exhibitions include CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge (2021); Museion, Bozen (2020); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2019); CentroCentro, Madrid (2019); and MAMBA, Buenos Aires (2018). Her work has been featured at Villa Vassilieff, Paris; REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles; MACBA, Barcelona (all 2018); CA2M, Móstoles (2017); Onomatopee, Eindhoven (2016); TENT, Rotterdam (2015); and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014). 


Please note that as is traditional in editions publishing, prices will increase as the work sells out.

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About Gasworks Limited Edition Prints

Gasworks regularly produces exclusive limited edition artworks in collaboration with artists involved in our programmes. These beautiful and affordable artworks are kindly donated by the artists, allowing us to generate vital funds which ensure that we can continue to support emerging artists to research, develop, make and present new work. 

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