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Bettina Matzkuhn 

ON FOOT   

 

April 14  - May 21

Tuesdays, Thursdays &

Saturdays     12 to 5pm

 

Workshop  

       Mappa!

       Cartography in Cloth

  • May 20, 21 & 22, 2022

  • 10-4pm


On Foot combines textiles, painting, and photography to consider the human presence in the backcountry. Trails, footprints and maps propose literal and metaphoric adventures. Long embroidery itself is a miniature trail, a pathway performed by the fingers rather than the feet. In her workabout pathways, Bettina Matzkuhn creates map - like imagery that describes her travels over lush or barren ground. This theme led her to examine her relationship with the land she encounters while hiking. Each place – its flora, fauna, and geology – is a unique community. Matzkuhn dwells on the character of the place through nuances of colour and texture. “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints” is the adage for going into the backcountry. Matzkuhn embroidered a spool of cloth with footprints which she unfurled over a hiking season, photographing them in the backcountry. They skirt patches of flowers, jump over creeks and wade into lakes. She rolled them back up to take them home, while thinking how the human footprint is affecting the landscape. As an avid hiker, she has seen changes in familiar landscapes: receding glaciers, fires and erosion. Some works evoke the presence of these changes, sensing danger and an estrangement from nature. Others remember and celebrate specific trails.

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