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Anna Torma: Needleworks
13 Jan 2007 – 18 Feb 2007
Anna Torma, Red Flowers 2006 (detail)
Anna Torma grew up on a farm in Hungary, where she learned the techniques of hand sewing and embroidery from her mother and grandmother. She enrolled at the Hungarian University of Applied Arts in Budapest in the late 1970s, at a time when censorship constricted many aspects of cultural expression. However, as textile arts were treated as domestic craft rather than a recognized artistic discipline, Torma and her contemporaries enjoyed unusual creative freedom. Tormaís hand-stitched pictorial surfaces reflect the artistís rich family history as expressed through a matrilineal needlework tradition.
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