Barbara Heller’s Statement
I am concerned with humanity and its relationship to the environment and to itself. I am concerned with war and homelessness and poverty, which I believe result from the loss of our sense of who we are and how we fit into our world. These concerns are not always evident in the work, but they are always there as subtext.
In my more recent tapestries, and especially in the most recent works on environmental themes, my tapestries have become more explicit. I weave decaying environments and the plastic with which we are poisoning our world; people who are out of touch with their feelings and each other; and requiems to the spirits of dead birds which represent the animal and human victims of senseless death. I challenge the viewer to take action and to make a difference.
Barbara Heller’s Biography
Ms. Heller has exhibited widely over the past 35 years, locally, nationally, and internationally. Her tapestries have been the subject of magazine articles and have been featured in two books on tapestry weaving as well as the catalogues for 2 solo shows: Cover Ups and Revelations and Falling from Grace. Barbara is an avid promoter of the art of tapestry. In 1992, she was invited to participate in an international tapestry forum in Poland, and in 1993, she organized an international symposium, “Making a Place for Tapestry”, held in Vancouver. She served on the board of ATA and then as a volunteer for many years. She founded the Canadian Tapestry Network, which publishes a newsletter she co-edits, and the British Columbia Society of Tapestry Arts (B.C.Stars), a non-profit society which promotes tapestry through exhibitions and lectures.