“Textiles.” In Fueling Culture: Politics, History, Energy. Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel and Patricia Yaeger, eds. Fordham University Press, 2016, pp. 353-56.

A short piece that I wrote on textiles and oil is included in this volume.

“…textiles are the most material of materials. They might be the fabric of the world, the fabric of our lives, but they are also just fabric, grown from the muck of cotton fields, shaved from the backs of muddy sheep, dried from the skins of animals we eat, boiled from the primordial murk of fossil fuels. If nothing seems farther removed from oil that a clean piece of white cotton, that is little more than the greenwashing of capitalism bleaching that cotton clean of its petrochemical past. In the material world, textiles are indeed smooth space and striated, communicator and silencer.”

About Kirsty Robertson

Kirsty Robertson is Associate Professor of contemporary art and Director of museum and curatorial studies at Western University, Canada.

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