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Review: Barbara Heller: The Beauty of Bones

by Ruth Jones

The work of Barbara Heller was on exhibit at Elliott Louis Gallery in Vancouver in May 2009. . . . It was . . . a tribute to the artist’s career and remarkable productivity with many new and powerful tapestries included. . . . Heller’s tapestries of dead birds evoke transformation on many levels . . . By weaving strands of eternity into the inevitability of physical decay, they invite the viewer towards liberation from ego and fear of dying. . . . Another wonderful new series . . . drew on concepts of physical remains as enshrined within artworks.. . . . weaving her ideas into a visual "compare- and-contrast" map of the physical patterning of decorated relics, circuit boards and tribal fabrics, [she] grounds the conceptual in the physical and brings honorable mention to the evolving brilliance of the products of the hand.

 

below: Barbara Heller, The Shaman, 50” x 32”; wool and linen

 

The Shaman by Barbara Heller

 

below: Barbara Heller, Ikat Algorithm, 37” x 24”;
wool, rayon and metallic thread, computer parts

 

Ikat Algorithm by Barbara Heller

 

below: Barbara Heller, Bokhara Algorithm, 37” x 24”;
wool, rayon and metallic thread, computer parts

 

Bokhara Algorithm by Barbara Heller

 

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Fall 2009 Vol 35 No 3
A Quarterly Review of Tapestry Art Today

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