From the appearance to the radiance
A tangible guide through the textile paintings of Rita Zepf leads via the unconscious of movement to the revelation of physicality. Through sewing something becomes visible that has looked and dressed pose or posture, habitus or posturing. They must be captivating in expression and posture, the motifs that Rita Zepf makes appear by embroidering and sewing. She is on a quest. Whether figure or architecture, they are powerful in landscape or group, bound to their own order of life. A street in its emerges from the cloth. Or a quiet place in Budapest. Pausing people practise idleness in the face of nothingness, which remains materialised.
Two figures walking side by side: Each can be for herself and yet they enters the textile image together. Here it is not only the retention of memory that has an effect, but even more the symmetry, the heaviness and at the same time everything that counteracts the heaviness.
Recently, coloured backgrounds have been chosen for the sewn figures. In a workshop that wants to pull together countless pieces of embroidered fabric and cut-out figures to get to the bottom of what charisma means.
The art is in the decision. Breakthrough embroidery, cross stitch, sashiko or just wildly embroidered outlines? Printed and dyed, where do you only work with lines? Can the hand replace the free-running machine? The motif should speak. The mobile phone photo has already caught the direction of movement. But now the search is on for imagelessness. Away from seeming movements, away from the constant decomposition of the elementary bondage to the postures that are secure in the centre of gravity. What Rita Zepf sees is merely attractive. attractive. The textile picture shows the undisguised beauty, the delicately articulated attraction of grace thought to have been buried in everyday life.
Ines Baumgartl, poet