48 x 120 x 3 cm
machine & hand embroidery, fabric collage, novelty yard (Specca Spit, Quandra Island)
“I try to plan the work so that it has a presence at a distance, but I also include a lot of detail –embroidery IS about detail. The different surfaces of fabric and thread shift as the light does or as you move by them.”
This extraordinary fabric collage could be any coastal area along the Pacific West Coast. One can see the movement of the water, the mist overhead, the smell of the evergreens, the call of the eagles flying overhead. This canvas captures more imagery than any photo ever could, and puts you right on the shore itself. Breathe that salt air – and be one with nature. Tranquil and Calm.
Do not hang directly exposed to sunlight or fading will occur and fibres will weaken. Dust lightly with a soft, clean paintbrush.
Bettina Matzkuhn works in the textile medium. Using machine and hand embroidery, paint, and collage, she values the familiar and versatile language of textiles. She lives in Vancouver, BC and much of her work is inspired by her surrounding landscape as well as travels beyond. In the 1980s, she began using textiles in National Film Board Animated films. These garnered awards and an interest in narrative continues to inform her work. With a BFA in Visual Arts and an MA in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University, Matzkuhn is the recipient of Canada Council and BC Arts Council Grants. Stories about ecology, history, and geography appear in her embroidered sculptural sails, maps and experimental pieces and she has even collaborated with meteorologists and marine biologists. Matzkuhn has exhibited in solo exhibitions across Canada and her work has been included in shows in Korea and the USA. Public collections include the Surrey Art Gallery, Cambridge Art Galleries and the University of Western Ontario’s Weldon Map Library, as well as private collections. She writes professionally on the arts, lectures, teaches and volunteers.