Gabriel Dawe was born in Mexico City where he grew up surrounded by the intensity and color of Mexican culture. In search for creative freedom he started experimenting and creating artwork, which eventually led him to explore textiles and embroidery-activities traditionally associated with women and which were forbidden for a boy growing up in Mexico. Because of this, his work is subversive of notions of masculinity and machismo that are so ingrained in his culture. By working with thread and textiles, Dawe's work has evolved into creating large-scale installations with thread, creating environments that deal with notions of social constructions and their relation to evolutionary theory and the self-organizing force of nature.
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Dawe's complex spatial structures give visual expression to the invisible forces which shape our existence; social norms, rules and expectations which determine who we are. On a larger scale, these installations refer to evolutionary theory, microscopic imagery and patterns of nature drawing our attention to the 'invisible order amidst the chaos of life'.