Colleen McCarten is an emerging Toronto-based artist whose work is based primarily in textile techniques such as weaving, sewing and other fibre-based practices, as well as drawing, painting, and collage. She uses these techniques to examine the legacy of 20th Century art movements such as Op Art, Minimalism and hardedged abstraction. McCarten holds a Bachelors of Material Art and Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU), and is the recipient of the Material Art and Design Medal for her graduating year.
McCarten has had a solo exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s Gallery A (Oshawa) as well as in Angell Gallery’s Project Space (Toronto). Her work has been included in group shows at Harbourfront Centre and the Textile Museum of Canada.
She has received awards for her textile-based practice, including the “Best in Fibre” award at the 2014 iteration of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and has been the recipient of grants from both the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. She has also produced artworks for commercial and retail clients.