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Rainy Day I, Games


Anna Torma (Hungarian, active in Canada, 1952 - present)

Hungarian-born Anna Torma learned to embroider from her mother and grandmothers. She was educated in Textile Art and Design in Hungary and immigrated to Canada in the 1980s, all the while producing large-scale hand-embroidered wall hangings and collages. Her work integrates elements of collage and sketching, and uses motifs from folklore and children’s drawings. Torma assembles a patchwork base composed of discarded fabric, and then “draws” upon this ground in embroidery. She has said that her goal is to create innovative textiles that explore femininity, domesticity, and ethnicity—as such, her designs are often based upon her children’s drawings and writings. Looking at the childlike, simple daisies stitched into Rainy Day I; Games, it is easy to imagine little people spending a soggy afternoon indoors, passing the time with make-believe, handwriting practice, and puzzles. (Allure of Flowers)


Measurements:    height: 63 inches    width: 52 inches

Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Friends of the McColl Center for Visual Art and Exchange Funds from the gifts of William M. McDuffie and an Anonymous Donor 2007.65 (c) Anna Torma

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