The re-evaluation of everyday materials such as the blanket has seen an expansion of the usage and approaches to the use of cloth but also shifts in contemporary art practice. Some artists working within the mainstream have used materials such blankets because of their malleability, strength, symbolic significance, texture, volume, and varying degrees of opacity. Others have used blankets for what they painfully and silently represent, sometimes loss, pain and sickness.
By positioning memories, understandings, assumptions, skills and usage alongside contemporary practices, the blanket acts as a metaphor for the transition from traditional cultural references, and economic purposes, to contemporary investigations, approaches and understandings about issues of re-interpretation and materiality. The use of the blanket - which can never be deemed a neutral object - has opened up new creative territories which challenge traditional cultural and social hierarchies.