Tina Marais is a Canadian textile and visual artist, who lives and works in the greater Montreal region. She was born in 1977 in Cape Town, South-Africa. She creates large scale textile abstractions and sculptural work which attempt to map the unpredictability of human experience and impact of environmental change. Her works engage themes such as cellular and physical metamorphosis, growth change and our journey within the body, but also our journey of transitioning through different environments and spaces.
Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. Solo exhibitions include, “CODEX I”, at gallery de la ville, Montreal, Codex II at the Mary E black gallery in Nova Scotia and “soixante17″ at the Regional Museum of Vaudreuil-Soulanges. She has also been selected for various international textile art biennales, most notably the 16th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lotz, Poland. Material Thinking 1st international, Contemporary Material Art biennale, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and as invited artist at the BIEN Biennially, in Slovenia. As well as the “World Textile art Biennale of contemporary Textile art”, in Montevideo, Uruguay where she received a mention of honor for her selected artwork.
Her artistic practices include Cultural Mediation projects presented in the greater Montreal region. Struthers has continued to contribute to this initiative with the creation and implementation of commissioned Public arts projects. She has developed and realized over 70 socially engaged projects during the past 10 years. She represents Fine Craft on the administrative councils of Culture Monteregie, and the Conseil des Arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil- Soulanges.
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In this episode, Tina talks about
- How can Textiles be re-used to make different valuable objects?
- How can you communicate your message through art?
- How she creates three-dimensional artwork with a cloth?
- She discusses her process and how she overcomes challenges while creating different pieces of her work.
- How do contemporary textile artists bridge the gap between the processes they use and the meanings they intend to convey?