Tina Struthers is a Canadian textile and visual artist, born in Cape Town South-Africa. She creates large textile abstractions which attempt to map the unpredictability of human and climate change impact on global societies and environments. Struthers's work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally, in both solo and group exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited in Poland, United States, Belgium, Ukraine, South Korea, South Africa, Uruguay and Spain. To extend her art practice she presents conferences and workshops, recently during the WTA biennial in Madrid, 2019 and at Contextile, Portugal, 2018 Her artistic practices includes the development of commissioned Cultural Mediation and public art projects. Public art commissions include “Unite dans la diversite", created of the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion, and "La danse des mains", presented at place des arts and on permanently installed at the Theatre Pauline-Julien, in Montreal. Struthers is a recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des Arts et letteres du Quebec and various prizes and mentions.
Water, has marked my memories, imbedded in the essence of my visual and physical journey of displacement and immigration. With human and climate impact on this important fresh water system, I have to wonder, are we even beginning to understand the future implications on everyday life. Rising water levels, melting icecaps, dead-zones in the oceans due to pesticides and chemicals washing into waterways, the global water ecosystem is in peril, and we will suffer through half a day if we had no access to fresh water. The work hangs on a thin cord, a noose, we are hanging ourselves by ignoring the fragility of our water resources. The work is destabilizing, swinging in space, like a pendulum, is it only a question of time..... A Gordian knot, the dilemma, of global problem with a global ecosystem, water flows freely across borders, and yet the lack of water will hold us all captive to climate change.
Wounded waters (2019)
47 " x 40" x 70"(120 x 100 x 180 cm) Reclaimed denim, batting, knitting needles, embroidery thread