barb hunt

barb hunt

courtenay

fibre

about

Barb Hunt received a Diploma in Studio Art at the University of Manitoba, and an MFA at Concordia University, Montreal, with a specialization in fibres. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally. She has been the recipient of Canada Council grants and awarded residencies in Canada, Paris and Ireland. She has presented her research at international conferences, and she is a recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Research at Memorial University, where she taught in the Visual Arts Program at Grenfell Campus. She currently resides on Vancouver Island.

artist statement

My grandmothers were daughters of English and Irish pioneers in Ontario, and both were avid quilt-makers. As a child I learned basic sewing skills that were essential for life on a farm. After graduating from art school, I began including textiles in my art practice. My work has focused on textiles related to gender, mourning rituals, war, and everyday life. I am currently working on a series of large textile pieces by sewing vintage buttons onto velvet to create abstract monochromatic images based on natural forms. As well, I am embroidering feminist and activist texts on found vintage aprons. Recently I have returned to the ideas of eco-feminism, and I am inspired by early feminist artists who worked closely with nature, and those who use their labour for political and social goals.
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