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  • Marla Panko. WHITE FLAG BLACK FLAG, 2013. Photo by Scott Lee.
    Marla Panko. WHITE FLAG BLACK FLAG, 2013. Photo by Scott Lee.

Region:
Ontario
Date: 
2013
Dimensions: 
71 x 56 cm
Materials:
acrylic, felt, linen, threads, wood
Techniques:
hand sewn
Type:
surface design
Donor/funder gift credit: 
Acquired from Fibreworks 2014



Description

For the past two years Marla Panko has been working with fabric in her art practice. Her mother taught fashion and textiles throughout her career and her influence ensured in Marla a love of all...

For the past two years Marla Panko has been working with fabric in her art practice. Her mother taught fashion and textiles throughout her career and her influence ensured in Marla a love of all things sewn.  Although she remain grounded in painting and collage, her interest in formalism and approach to compositional construction is translated through textiles in a way Marla finds both exciting and intriguing.  The use of fabric allows the immediacy of collage and encourages her process of alteration and layering as ideas develop. She has adopted a deliberately primitive stitch which evokes fragility and expresses the humbleness she feels as an ‘outsider’ fabric artist.

This work explores the nature of contrast and similarity— the uniformity of white on white, juxtaposed with its homogeneous black opposite. The reference to cultural or ethnic groups is suggested through the iconography and format of flags. There are also allusions to surrender (white flag) & anarchism (black flag).




Artist Profile

Marla Panko holds an Honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Guelph, and a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Windsor.  She has been a member of the Dundas Valley School of Art...



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