Maker and role
Artist: James Gobel, American, born 1972
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When viewed from a distance, Robert could be mistaken for an oil painting, but further inspection reveals felt’s fuzzy, warm texture. James Gobel begins his artistic process with photographs, then makes drawings in pencil and yarn, and finally composes a mosaic of felt. Gobel often centers subjects who do not possess the idealized body so often celebrated in art. In doing so, he highlights the lack of visibility given to large bodies and specifically here, a subsect of gay culture. Robert is a reference to Giovanni Battista Moroni’s sixteenth-century painting The Tailor (‘Il Tagliapanni’).