Review by Nicolas Tuele
Former deputy director and chief curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
New work by Roberta Pyx Sutherland
Author and Editor: Roberta Pyx Sutherland
Layout: David Ellingsen
Cover image: Hidden Memory, Roberta Pyx Sutherland, 2019
Photograph, fungal spores on paper 63.5x51 cm (25x16.5 inches) Edition of 5
Copyright © 2021 Roberta Pyx Sutherland
Except essay Attentiveness to Becoming: Roberta Pyx Sutherland’s Inter-Species Art-Making © Bradley A. Clements
Editart-D.Blanco, Editart Rencontres et Dialogues 50 Ans
BimpeX International Print Catalogue
Publisher The Society for Contemporary Works on Paper
Chrysalide RP Sutherland
Mini Print International
Essay by Richard Planas Camps
THE WISDOM ANTHOLOGY OF NORTH AMERICAN POETRY
Chapter headings and cover image, 'Cosmic View'
Wisdom Publications 2005
Edited by Andrew Schelling
Artropolis, Celebrating Contemporary BC Visual Art
144 pages. pp.
A Book of Days: Art For Our Time
A Project of the Volunteer Committee
Art Gallery of Victoria 1998
Beyond the Gate
Artists' Journeys to Save the Tsitika Valley and Robson Bight. 1990 Western Canada Wilderness Committee,
Essay by Roberta Livingstone.
Liane Davison (Curator)
Roberta Sutherland: Earth Briefing
Catalogue, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Art In Victoria, 1960/1986
1986 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC.
Essay by Nicholas Tuele and Liane Davison.
British Columbia's Women Artists
1885 - 1985
"Some of the specific and almost secret things that one might see in Roberta Pyx Sutherland's work, such as tiny or faint drawings of natural objects, texts, horizon lines or mapping lines, are visible at only inches from the surface. Other elements, like faint or implied grid systems, or the contours of unknown landmasses, are visible only from more than five feet away.
"She employs materials and techniques that are difficult to identify, and therefore intriguing and mysterious… Almost all her art includes both drawing and painting, as well as collage, printmaking, tearing, creasing, fine realistic rendering, meditative doodling, patterns and randomness, careful design and free association, oil-like opacity and watercolour transparency, smooth flatness and rough bas relief, pristine newness to weathering decay.
"These surfaces suggest art and craft from all history throughout the world; Medieval book decoration, Pompeiian fresco surfaces, Tibetan ceremonial sand drawing, raku ceramics, Zen calligraphy, shimmering Byzantine mosaics, to a few secret ones that she has invented.
"Her art is like the slow, gentle and deep breathing of a patient planet. To read and appreciate her art fully, the viewer might need all the knowledge and wisdom of Earth. Then, finally, holding this consciousness in their eye and mind, the viewer can relax and calm their own breath to the rhythm of the endless pattern of matter and energy that creates the universe."
Review by Brian Grison