Mary Kroetsch: “My hybrid art includes photographs digitally enhanced, printed on fabric with archival inks, and hand embroidered with a free style straight stitch to give my subjects a new, contemporary soul. And these souls need a place to be scene so sometimes I look to historical fashion trends to find an appropriate substrate to frame my textile portraiture. This wall installation uses the crowns of slightly oversized Pillbox Hats to frame portraits of ladies in their varying styles of hats, created from circa 1940 vintage photographs.”
“Largely self-taught, I have also attended classes at New Brunswick Arts and Crafts College, George Brown College and the Stratford Festival of the Arts and have obtained a Certification in Textile Surface Design from the Haliburton School of the Arts. My works are in private and public collections that include St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, the Ilkley Museum in Yorkshire, England and the CAMAC Centre for Art and Technology in France.”
Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell, Hard Twist 10 Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archaeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory. Opening reception on September 10th 7-10pm on the 3rd and 4th floors galleries. On view August 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the hotel.