Anna Torma’s large embroideries show her deep concern for the world we live in. Her unique drawing style is an expression of her complex experiences of family, immigration, joy, and the act of artistic creation. Her works are richly layered narratives with references to popular culture, thrift shop aesthetics, and traditional Hungarian textiles.
The exhibition takes its title – Permanent Danger – from a 2017 piece of the same name, making reference to human strife and vulnerability, threatened natural environments, and the highs and lows of daily life. The installation will comprise 12-15 large-scale works made since 2016, most of them shown here for the first time.
Nominated for the 2019 Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts, Anna Torma is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a recipient of the New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and in 2019 she participated in the prestigious 16th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland. She was born in Tarnaors, Hungary and graduated with a degree in Textile Art and Design from the Hungarian University of Applied Arts, Budapest in 1979. Torma immigrated to Canada in 1988 and now lives in Baie Verte, New Brunswick.
For more information: https://textilemuseum.ca/event/anna-torma-permanent-danger/
Image credit: Anna Torma, detail of “Permanent Danger”, 2017; hand embroidery and reverse appliqué on 3 layers of linen, silk thread, double sided; 160x125cm