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Textile artist Suzanne Swannie to talk about 'Danish Modern'

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Jul '09
The exhibition will run from July 22 - Oct 11, 2009 at Textile Museum of Canada created by Ingrid Jenkner. Join us for the opening reception: Wednesday July 22, 5:00 pm – Artist Talk with Suzanne Swannie; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Public Reception.

Known for the exquisite manufacture and design of her functional textiles and for her charming, intimate tapestries based on poetry and folklore, Suzanne Swannie is an artist of significant range. The pieces chosen for this 40-year survey exhibition showcase her diversity in subject matter, material, art practice and form.

An immigrant to Canada from Denmark, Swannie's practice demonstrates the “Danish Modern” principle of repetition and modular units as a means of generating surfaces and structures. Her sense of colour harmonies and nod to natural landscapes — the legacy of her Scandinavian training — allows her to move ably between industry, craft and the art world.

Some of the pieces in this diverse survey exhibition are figurative and easily legible (ex. Triptych for Micah, a large-scale tapestry based on a photograph) others are highly stylized and conceptual (ex. Repassage a hugely labour-intensive installation of hundreds of pressed and pinned silk organza squares).

Because of Swannie's incredible skill and keen design eye one can see throughout this varied spectrum of work a unifying thread of bridging worlds — the domestic and the public, the figurative and the conceptual, the familiar and the extraordinary.

In this exhibition visitors will see some of Swannie's best known and dramatic weavings, Brud I and Brud II. These works play with intricate variations in colour values and tones to create wonderful arctic-inspired living landscapes, again bridging Swannie's “Danish Modern” design sensibilities and her Canadian spirit.

The exhibition is organized by the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax. The accompanying catalogue contains essays by Sheila Stevenson, Halifax, Rachel Gotlieb, Toronto and Ron Shuebrook, Guelph. It is available in the Textile Museum Shop.

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