“Fabric is both the subject matter and the material object. (1) The real does not lurk behind the surface; it resides on that surface or exists as a play of surfaces. (2) The background rising up onto the surface of the image. (3) The surface becomes discoverable as the site of deliciously delirious perception- one that is indicative of the madness of fabric itself.” (4)

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“Knowledge is elusive as the cloth is folded and manipulated, concealing and revealing.” (5)

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“’Haptic visuality’ sees the world as if we were touching it: close, unknowable, appearing to exist on the surface of the image… A way of looking and seeing in which the eye becomes, or mimics, an organ of touch.” (6)

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“Pictures have a double reality. (7) A boundary between the real and illusive space. (8) Pictures are paradoxes. (9) They entice our awareness of depth, but do so in a way designed to baffle our attention to the marks upon the surface.” (10)

(1) Lia Cook in Gen Doy, Drapery; Classicism and Barbarism in Visual Culture (London; I.B Tauris & Co Ltd. 2002) p.202
(2) Mary Anne Doane in Gen Doy, Drapery; Classicism and Barbarism in Visual Culture (London; I.B Tauris & Co Ltd. 2002) p.153
(3) Beth Harland, A Fragment of Time in the Pure State; Painting in Search of Haptic Time in Journal of Visual Arts Practice, vol.1 no.2 2009 p.44
(4) Alice Gavin, The Matter with de Clerambault: On the Baroque Obscene in Textile vol.7 no.1 March 2009 p.61
(5) Gen Doy, Drapery; Classicism and Barbarism in Visual Culture (London; I.B Tauris & Co Ltd. 2002) p.198
(6) Laura U. Marks in Catherine Dormor, Skin: Textile: Film in Textile vol.6 no.3 November 2008. p.248
(7) R. L. Gregory, The Intelligent Eye (London; Weindenfeld and Nicolson, 1970) p.32
(8) Acalya Allmer, In Between Stage Life and Everyday Life: Curtains and Their Pictorial Representations in Textile vol.6 no.1 March 2008. p.29
(9) R. L. Gregory, The Intelligent Eye (London; Weindenfeld and Nicolson, 1970) p.32
(10) John Hyman, The Objective Eye (USA; Chicago University Press, 2006) p.132

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