Roberta Pyx Sutherland
For Roberta Pyx Sutherland, “Painting functions as a spiritual compass”.
“I paint to address the mysterious and speak meaning to questions I cannot answer. My work is about longing to understand big questions. What are we doing here? Are we connected to something infinite? Do our lives matter? Painting transfers this inner dialogues into abstract forms of understanding”.
Her projects explore the connectivity of all life. They refer to nature at macroscopic and microscopic levels. The work is tactile – to be sensed, touched, and experienced. Found materials transform into sculptural installations, books, and wall works. Often her series employ repetition, using the breath to focus attention, a method of meditation opening to a larger context of internal spaciousness.
Sutherland exhibits internationally and her work is in a number of public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank. She maintains a studio in Victoria and Hornby Island B.C. Her education includes a BFA (Hon.) from the University of Victoria, study at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, printmaking at the University of Sheffield UK, Ohara School Ikebana, Shambhala Art teacher training and residencies at the Bau Institute and Studio Ginestrelle Italy, with several visits to Caetani House and the Banff Centre.