"The Bird Knew (for W. S. Merwin)," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," mixed media print by Phyllis McGibbon. Edition: 1/30.
Designed in response to McClung Museum object: 2014.2.6, Chancay textile fragment, 1100-1450 AD (Chancay culture, Peru)
Artist statement: Relatively little is known about the Chancay people who wove fine interlocking patterns such as the textile at left sometime between 100 and 1450 A.D. The W.S. Merwin poem "From the Gray Legends," excerpted below, provided an important touchstone as I worked in response to this textile fragment, which found its way to Tennessee from the middle coast of Peru.
"and Minerva wove in the daylight
and she knew where the threads
were going in their stories
some of them
some of the time
and she claimed that she always knew
Arachne claimed nothing
Arachne did not have to know
she could wait
even when she was forgotten"
|Title||The Bird Knew (for W. S. Merwin), from the portfolio Drawn from the McClung Museum|
|Role of Creator||Artist|
|Dimensions||H-14.5 W-20 inches|
|Credit line||Gift of the artist|