Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas

P.O. Box 93
Cochrane,
T4C 1A4 CA
403-932-2285

ilse@anm.org

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Artist Information for Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas


The desire to work with colourful and tactile materials is in my blood.  I learned to be creative as a small immigrant child playing with my mother’s knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing needles and all of her scrap threads, buttons and fabrics.  My Lithuanian mother’s and grandmother’s beautiful needlework inspired me to study art at the Alberta College of Art (now called ACAD) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and carry on their fibre art tradition but in my own modern style.

I am strongly influenced by the Alberta prairie and foothills environment in which I live. I am fascinated by how quickly natural and human forces alter and redefine the world around me. The seasonally varying visually rich colours, textures, moods and changes made by industrial development provide me with the inspirations for my fibre art work. I investigate and explore the medium’s boundaries to comment on issues of landscape, land use and environmental preservation.

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A Phoenix for the Tar Sands

A Phoenix for the Tar Sands127 cm h x 69 cm w   The oil extraction work in the Alberta "Tar Sands" is creating toxic waste and widespread devastation in the Fort McMurray area. With my art work I am hoping that these destroyed areas will be reclaimed for future generations - rather sooner than later.

Mt. Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier

Mt. Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier86 cm h x 64 cm w   I created this art work to celebrate a friend’s life. Dr. Ekhardt Grassman was Swiss and a mathematician at the University of Calgary. An avid climber, he fell to his death on Mt. Edith Cavell in 1979. He owned an old, dilapidated, red, short wheel-base Land Rover, which he drove as close as he could to the mountains he wished to climb and he climbed many successfully. The work was created for the “Peaks of the Canadian Rockies” exhibition. The Angel Glacier used to look like an angel with it’s wings spread far and wide but due to global warming has been decreasing in size for the past 20 years.

Alberta's Cornucopia

Alberta's Cornucopia107 cm h x 82 cm w   Current oil and natural gas production and consumption are creating big environmental issues for Alberta. Pious consoling reassurances from industry are creating suspicions that oil trumps all. Here is my impassioned plea for government and industry to stop avoiding issues, jump into action and become leaders in cleaning up our farmland, lakes, rivers and air.

detail.Mt. Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier

detail.Mt. Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier86 cm h x 64 cm w   I created this art work to celebrate a friend’s life. Dr. Ekhardt Grassman was Swiss and a mathematician at the University of Calgary. An avid climber, he fell to his death on Mt. Edith Cavell in 1979. He owned an old, dilapidated, red, short wheel-base Land Rover, which he drove as close as he could to the mountains he wished to climb and he climbed many successfully. The work was created for the “Peaks of the Canadian Rockies” exhibition. The Angel Glacier used to look like an angel with it’s wings spread far and wide but due to global warming has been decreasing in size for the past 20 years.

Executive Rolling Hills

Executive Rolling Hills66 cm h x 94 cm w   If corporate executives could control an army of wind-up robotic mice roaming the harvested fields in the Canadian Western Provinces, just think of the extra money they could make for their share holders.