by Bec Brittain
Exploring the underlying structures and functions of the natural world, Taxonomy brings the unmistakable vision of lighting designer Bec Brittain to the world of carpets with lush textures and stunning layers of materiality. Throughout these nine hand-tufted designs in wool and silk, Brittain’s fascination with arcane corners of scientific fields, such as geology and entomology, evokes an expansive, primal landscape. Against this backdrop she unearths organic geometries and unexpected paradoxes inspired by everything from the minutiae of insect anatomy to pleating techniques. Ultimately, Taxonomy is rooted in an artist’s inquiry to understand function through classification. Collaborating with the Edward Fields studio, Brittain translates her aesthetic for a whole new medium of expression, continuing to investigate transcendent themes of nature while re-contextualizing the science of taxonomy, not as a limiting or separating force, but as a means of revelation.