Olga de Amaral (Colombia, born 1932)
Linen, silver leaf, gesso, acrylic paint; 32 x 78 1/2 x 1/2 in. (81.3 x 199.4 x 1.3 cm)
Gift of Andrea Amaral and Diego Amaral, 2004 (2004.69)
Olga de Amaral's "woven walls" are remarkable for their technical finesse and their deeply felt essence of Colombia, her native country. After studying weaving at the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan, she returned to Bogotá, where she eventually set up a studio.
Peasant crafts and looms, the surrounding landscapes, and the architecture of old country houses with adobe walls and tile roofs are incorporated in a nonfigurative way into the two-dimensional tapestries. Color and structure are de Amaral's most important formal concerns. In Umbra 30, the intricately woven and richly embellished ultramarine blue and silver strips are reminiscent of the rivers and waterfalls of her country.