Jan Groth describes the forces that guide his work as “silence and light” and “the balance between almost something and almost nothing.”
The Norwegian artist gravitated first to drawing, using soft chalk to reveal the subtle grain of smooth paper. But when he joined a tapestry workshop led by Benedikte Herlufsdatter, he was captivated by the texture of tapestry and the gridded restrictions of warp and weft. The two eventually married and sustained a close collaboration, co-weaving Groth’s designs until Herlufsdatter’s retirement in 2006.
This installation celebrates Mia’s newly acquired Groth tapestry, presented in context with other examples of his “linear tapestries
(Photo: Jan Groth, Executed in collaboration with Benedikte Groth, Sign, 1979, Wool weft, cotton warp; tapestry weave. The John R. Van Derlip Fund 2017.14. © Jan Groth)