Dionne Simpson’s artistic practice is rooted in family histories and textile practices. Using a traditional African textile technique, she pulls threads from large canvases to create voids in the material. Into the spaces left behind she adds various paint pigments and found pigments including Wite-Out and hair dye and then further destroys and embellishes the canvas.
Simpson has created works that vary from architectural depictions, such as the work presented here, to portraits and abstract images. She has described the canvas as a “metaphor for the underlying fabric of Canadian society” where she “embeds fragments of our culture inside the windows formed within the canvas”.