Sunday, December 02, 2012

Anna Torma

 Transverbal 7, hand embroidery, Anna Torma
 detail
 Draw Me a Car, hand embroidery on layers of fabric, Anna Torma
When I was in Toronto last weekend, my sister in law and I visited  the Lonsdale gallery in Toronto.
Four of Anna Torma's embroideries were included in the Material Connections exhibition curated by Amanda McCavour.   Three of them are on the upper level of the gallery,  each about 38" square. 
Anna Torma's imagery is intuitive, with zillions of varied playful lines, lots of colour, 
layers of cloth that reveal.  All these slow, small marks, each placed one at a time, carry us into our own memories of parenting and even of being a child..

I was inspired by my children's early drawings, when they were very young and the communication between us based on signs, drawings, body language, guessing and empathy. I loved that early age, when they were " languageless": before they learned the verbal communication. Their life was full with playfulness, highly charged emotions and lot of learning. The mutual understanding between us was complete without verbality. This experience always reminds me the importance of sensuality, love and empathy, which can over arch our verbal existence.  
Anna Torma  (from her website)

Part of the World of Threads festival, this exhibition continues until December 16.

8 comments:

wholly jeanne said...

what fun, what reverie! more and more i realize how limiting words are, how much vocabulary gets in the way of and limits something that's actually boundless. i like this one.

india flint said...

i would need hours to look properly at this piece.

layers said...

thanks for sharing such exquisite detailed work..in stitches in quilting... am very impressed.

Velma Bolyard said...

anna's work is new to my eyes, and how rich. i love how her experience with her children and communication is the well for this work.

Heather said...

I love Anna's work. Thanks for sharing some images I haven't seen before.

mansuetude said...

A joy plays through from these colors and lines, and perhaps touches the child (within); but these lines, as much as I love the work, this quote's ending, "The mutual understanding between us was complete without verbality. This experience always reminds me the importance of sensuality, love and empathy, which can over arch our verbal existence."

I love this place

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thanks for clarifying when your work will be in Virginia and which Virginia. I got my A's and B's mixed up (in more ways than one). :)

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

This has make me thought about my relationship with lines as a visual "tool" (I know it is not the proper word, but I can't fing it in English). When I was a painter, I used to work with thick brushstrokes, more than with lines. I came to be more conscious about it when I started to sew and embroider. Now, that I am drawing again I work with lines mostly.

Penny Berens said...

Anna's work is such an inspiration.