Using textile as the basis for construction in my work, I contrast natural and synthetic fibres to create organic forms. My imagery explores concepts of growth and change: fundamentally, metamorphosis is the theme that inspires it. My working process is anchored in creating sculptural forms and clothing them in contrasts. As an artist, I have always been inspired by organic elements in the natural environment. They are never static, their ever changing realities are only visible to us in time as we experience it. This quality of change, of imperceptible movement into decay on one hand and exuberant growth on the other, is one of the things that inspire my abstractions. Another is the impact of a sculptural form on its environment, the play between positive and negative space, light and shadow, and the engineering of shapes to simulate movement.
Tina Struthers is a textile and visual artist, born in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally, in solo and group exhibitions. Struthers has been selected for various international textile art biennales and her art practice includes the creation of public and private commissioned artworks as well as the development and presentation of community arts projects in the Montreal region. Struthers is a recipient of grants from the Canadian and Quebec arts councils and various prizes and mentions. She studied Visual communication with a Fine art specialization at the Open Window Art Institute in South Africa.
Image: Instiller, reclaimed denim, embroidery thread and beeswax, 34 x 20 x 7 inches (x 7), 2019