Between the Neck and the Shoulder is part of a series of works which mark a shift in Filwa Nazer’s practice away from collage and print-based work to her use of textile. Nazer’s practice centres around themes of embodiment and the relationship between self and place. Drawing from her background in fashion design, she creates large scale textile sculptures through which she explores the body’s relationship to space both physically and psychologically. Nazer’s points of departure are both personal and political, responding to moments of change in her life that coincided with rapid social progress in Saudi.In Between the Neck and the Shoulder, Nazer transposes the outlines of architectural plans from two distinct living spaces, namely her homes in London and Jeddah, overlapping and abstracting these outlines through embroidery onto an oversized and ambiguous hanging garment. She queries how we inhabit these spaces? Nazer alludes to spaces in-progress, drawing from a vocabulary of pattern-making and using materials including industrial netting typically used to shroud buildings under construction.
In exploring the spaces we occupy in our bodies, between being and becoming, within our clothes, and in our homes, Nazer seeks to investigate how our sense of self relates to spaces we inhabit, especially as we transition through and with these spaces.
Filwa Nazer began her creative journey as a fashion designer and graduated from Milan’s Marangoni school of Fashion and design. Her practice ranges from digital print, collage, textile to appropriation of photography and centres around questioning the emotional and psychological identity in relation to spatial and social contexts. In her recent practice, Filwa has employed textiles and sewing techniques as a medium to explore relationships between our bodies and the spaces we occupy, thus unveiling an intimate experimental process that reflects the tensions inherent in both.