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  • Bettina Matzkuhn, The Night It All Went, 2001. Photo: Scott Lee
    Bettina Matzkuhn, The Night It All Went, 2001. Photo: Scott Lee

Region:
British Columbia
Date: 
2001
Dimensions: 
157.5 x 92.5 cm
Materials:
synthetic fabric, threads
Techniques:
collaged, embroidered, hand pieced, hand quilted
Type:
quilt, surface design, tapestry

Display location: 
Preston

Donor/funder gift credit: 
Acquired with the assistance of the Starry Starry Night Committee 2002



Description

Matzkuhn's series of images in fibre contemplate domestic disaster.  The broad theme of catastrophic change is applied to a small house.  It is subjected to explosion, flooding, dislocation and...

Matzkuhn's series of images in fibre contemplate domestic disaster.  The broad theme of catastrophic change is applied to a small house.  It is subjected to explosion, flooding, dislocation and possible adaption to a new life underwater.  This symbol of comfort and sanctuary, or perhaps complacency, is unceremoniously swept away.

Much of her work deals with narrative.  Here, the viewer is invited to consider what precipitated these situations and what might be the outcome for the house –as a character, as a site, or as a container.  While she is presenting drastic changes, including global warming and extreme weather systems as part of a physical geography, they can also be taken as metaphors of more personal landscape.  Drastic change comes in many guises– we are subjected to emotional inundations and psychological firestorms.  The combination of domesticity with pathos is hardly new, but she is seeking to emphasize the irony of describing the dissolution of the familiar through a medium so intimately connected with it.  Matzkun also finds a spirit of hope in the adaptability of fibre.




Artist Profile

Bettina Matzkuhn has worked in fibre for over 30 years with an emphasis on embroidery and fabric collage.  She holds a BFA in Visual Arts and an MA in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser...