Thursday, January 15, 2009
It may be that I'm just out of the loop, here on the remote Northwest coast, but I only recently became aware of artist Anna Torma. Ms. Torma, a Canadian originally from Hungary, works in a visually dense and evocative style of embroidery and indeed, at first glance I mistook her work for that of Tilleke Schwartz. Although Torma has exhibited internationally and won numerous grants and awards, I don't think she has gained the recognition in the broader craft community that she deserves.
Torma has been been a practising artist since the 1970's, and uses printmaking, quilting, felting and drawing in her work as well as embroidery. I particularly like her use of layered vintage textile fragments as well as her dense Kantha-style stitching. The above photo of the piece "Draw Me a Monster" is from her beautiful website, which is well worth a visit.