Weave, Unweave. Becky Allen's drawings are presented in their undoing. Working by day and night, she mimicked the act of weaving by relentlessly marking a herringbone pattern, continuing as it warped and unraveled. Having created four pieces that together represent the length of a funeral shroud, two will remain as accomplished works whilst the others will show signs of her effort to remove their marks. Leaving traces of her imprint behind, the drawings become shadows of their former selves. By echoing Penelope's ritual, the artist experienced long hours of hardship, patience and labouring of love.

The works were presented by Alteria Art in The House of Penelope, 2017.
Weave was selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017/18

Woven
Graphite on paper

Weave
Ink and Quill on paper

Stop motion video showing the removal of an original ink drawing with bleach. Over time the bleach discolours the different strengths of ink, to leave a just perceptible trace of the former marks.

Unwoven
Graphite on paper

Unweave
Ink and bleach on paper

Unwoven (detail)

Unweave (detail)

“Weave’ in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 - 2018. Jerwood Space London

“Weave’ in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 - 2018. Jerwood Space London

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Installation View of ‘Weave’ in ‘House of Penelope’, Gallery 46, London, 2017

Installation View of ‘Weave’ in ‘House of Penelope’, Gallery 46, London, 2017