Anna Wagner-Ott

Juried Artist Member (JAM)

Barry’s Bay ON

Artist Statement
Sewing, knitting, and crocheting skills have been passed down through generations, from grandmothers to mothers and then to daughters, for centuries. Hundreds of squares meticulously stitched into coverings have provided warmth and security for numerous families. As these cherished blankets were worn over time, they slowly faded and disintegrated, their beauty intertwined with the passage of history.

In 2005, I began creating intricate fabric blocks on my sewing machine and joining them into artful assemblages. I adore the art of using textiles, selecting colors, and stitching intricate fragments because of the meditative, exhilarating, and mesmerizing process. Using Tyvek, bedsheets, wires, wax, threads, and paint helps with transforming and fortifying my creations. The decaying and altering of fabric surfaces are metaphorical for trying to hold together experiences I have lost in relation to the building up - the reconstruction of my identity.