Homage to Mother
Homage to Mother echoes the repetitive and labor-intensive processes inherent in female traditional handicraft. The work weaves together the memory of my mother’s craft practices and my own art making, reflecting on our personal, mother-daughter relationship. It ‘stitches together’ the division between traditional and fine arts as practiced by two successive generations of Serbian women, establishing a parallel between the knitting and crochet work of my mother and my own drawing with line. Furthermore, the interplay between construction and craft in this work renegotiates the notion of traditional gender roles as defined by my Serbian heritage, activated by migration from one cultural context to another.
Vessna Perunovich is an interdisciplinary Canadian artist based in Toronto. Her survey exhibitions Borderless and Emblems of Enigma have been exhibited in public galleries across Canada and Europe. She has exhibited at international biennials in Cuba, Albania, England, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Greece and attended residencies in Berlin, Bursa, Banff, New York and China. Two comprehensive monographs, (W)hole (2004) and Emblems of the Enigma (2008) focused on her work. She has received numerous grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Friends of Visual Arts Award and Chalmers Development Grant. Her work is represented in Canadian, US and European collections, including the US Embassy in Belgrade, Art in Embassies Collection, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Art Gallery of Hamilton. She is represented by Angell Gallery in Toronto.