Wendy Toogood: Narratives

Wendy Toogood, Mickey Mouse + Mum’s Button Jar, 2023.

Wendy Toogood: Narratives

Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB - Jun 1 – 19

by Lissa Robinson

This exhibition showcases Wendy Toogood’s evolution over 40 years as a textile artist. Her early abstract collages show an affinity for graphic lines and bold colour, which is further refined in later works where symbols and figuration begin to emerge. In her ongoing series Nakusp Narratives, the collages become almost autobiographical as they map everyday activities like gardening or cooking. Toogood uses layered fabric, appliqué, and stitching or embroidery to create vibrant and imaginative small-scale vignettes that recall comics or Japanese manga.

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