My grandmothers were avid quilt-makers and as a child I learned basic sewing skills essential for life on a farm. After graduating from art school, I was influenced by the textile traditions of Newfoundland where I lived for many years. In my art practice I focus on nature, mourning rituals, war, from a feminist perspective. I often juxtapose contradicting elements and by using domestic materials, I bring social issues into the everyday world. I am currently inspired by early feminist artists who worked closely with nature and those who create art for social change.
Barb Hunt received a Diploma in Studio Art at the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal with a specialization in Fibres. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She has been the recipient of Canada Council grants and awarded artist residencies in Canada, Paris and Ireland. She taught visual art at Western University, Queen’s University, and Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she was a recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Research. She currently lives on Vancouver Island.