Unfinished is a continuation of my work considering the natural world and social order. My grandmother’s embroidered wall hangings all contained floral patterns with text that proclaimed the virtues of good housekeeping. Traditional Germanic cross-stitch embroidery is laden with symbolic messages that resonate with social control, simultaneously borrowing imagery from nature. My use of industrial materials contrasts with the warm and fuzzy feeling evoked by the birds and flowers. I recreate the patterns I learned from my grandmother, while I work to alter the course in tradition. I began embroidering with nylon rope on wire mesh and crocheting with TV cable ten years ago and have just finished knitting a big, red, rope touque for a conifer.
Ingrid Mayrhofer received her BFA and MA from York University. She is a visual artist, curator, arts educator and community arts practitioner. Born and raised in Austria, she has exhibited in Canada, Austria, Korea, Serbia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba and Chile. Recent projects include group exhibitions at the Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, the Art Gallery of Windsor and installations at Roadside Attractions, A Space Windows in Toronto, and the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, ON.