Basic in construction yet intricate in output - looms are the apparatus that bring Liv Pedersen’s narratives to life. Since the 1970s the artist has been creating small-scale weavings using a primitive Dutch plank loom. This loom consists of little more than a wooden plank, nails and cotton string, but with it Pedersen has woven whimsical scenes based on her experience and vivid imagination. Scenes of family outings, home life, leisure activities, work, travel, her Danish heritage and even the occasional troll are reoccurring motifs that offer us a glimpse of the artist’s life.
If there is a common thread that runs through the majority of Pedersen’s work, it is the inclusion of the human figure. Besides a brief period of exploring abstraction, Pedersen’s weavings are rarely void of the human form. Even her depictions of cars take on a human-like quality with their expressive eyes and mouths. When asked about the importance of the human subject in her work Pedersen explained: “People and their flaws are interesting and entertaining.” The feelings of joy, trepidation, nostalgia, nervousness and grief that her characters display may be based on her personal experience, but they are universal emotions as well. This universality, perhaps more than anything, is what makes her work so appealing. We find a reflection of ourselves in her story.
Curated by Shannon Bingeman, Alberta Society of Artists (TREX Region 3)
17 framed tapestries
1 demo loom
2 didactic panels
75 running feet