Rochelle Rubinstein UNNATURAL DISASTERS CONT’D

By April 29, 2019Exhibitions

May 4 – 26, 2019

Opening Reception Sunday May 5, 2-5  PM

 

 

In 2005, a body of my textile work, depicting WW2 extermination camps, September 11, and tsunami devastated Sri Lanka, was exhibited at the McMaster Museum of Art, alongside works from its collection, by Goya, Kollwitz, and Dix, that explored historical moments of tragedy and upheaval.

The exhibition’s title was unNATURAL DISASTERS.Fifteen years later… UNNATURAL DISASTERS CONT’D is an exhibition of large-scale block- printed, painted and embroidered work, on silk and nylon, that includes the addition of recent unnatural environmental disasters. The work on silk has been worked and re-worked through layering, piercing, de-contextualizing and obscuring images of soldiers, keening women, horses, knives, my Hungarian relatives in a refugee camp. The newer work on nylon flag fabric includes some of this same imagery but focuses on environmental disasters such as extreme water extraction, aggressive land excavation, bee loss, replacement of natural grass with toxic turf, etc. These works have the graphic, crisp look of banners; they are also more richly coloured than my usual work – in honour of the glorious natural world that we humans are destroying. The durability and versatility of the flag material allows these works to easily be taken off gallery walls and used in parades, rallies and environmental and social protests. Aesthetics and activism collude.

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