Concern about national and religious conflict has been the subject of much of my recent artistic practice. In my exploration of these issues, I first considered Jewish–Muslim relations in both historical and contemporary contexts, from the magnificent culture of Andalusia to the complexities and pathos of today’s Israel-Palestine.
More recently, my large cross stitch paintings consider the tribalism and conflict that seems to be an epidemic in our crazy world. The Cross Stitch paintings contain direct references to both Afghan war rugs and Palestinian cross stitch embroidery. In their labour intensive process, they also bring to mind the desire of war’s innocent victims for control and stability.
Thelma Rosner studied painting at the University of Western Ontario with Paterson Ewen. Her recent work is presented in installations involving painting, digital printmaking and sculpture. Its subject matter often refers to social and political issues. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the USA and England. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.