Arras, France was a thriving textile town in the 14th and 15th centuries – specializing in fine wool tapestries, often with gold thread to decorate palaces and castles all over Europe. Few of these tapestries survived the French Revolution as hundreds were burned to recover the gold thread. No matter where it was woven, arras is still used to denote to a rich tapestry today.
Beata Rosiak has resurrected this fine art in intricate tapestries that recreate classic works of art. Of course after the Mona Lisa, (insert trumpets here) Caravaggio’s Judith would be next. Although the arras tapestry only depicts a portion of Caravaggio’s masterpiece, Rosiak has given it her own spin (yuk, yuk) by transforming the faces of Judith and her maid, than adding other ethereal heads.
I love this look. It is almost a cartoon version of the original. And the additional heads give it a sense of the Greek chorus – a collective voice on the dramatic action to help follow the performance and express the hidden fears or secrets that main characters cannot say. I’m guessing they are singing about doubt and determination, disgust and satisfaction.