I have always been drawn to what lies beneath our mundane existence. I am curious about origins. I like to know the etymology of words. I want to know the science behind ecological statements. I struggle to understand about God. Over the years, I have been exploring natural imagery in my quest for answers. Trees in particular have inspired me. Roots and all the layers beneath mirror deep currents at work in our own lives and in all of nature. Trunks and branches in their infinite forms recall our own growth and longing. Their seasonal and reproductive cycles are blueprints for the intricate workings of the universe. By studying cultural significance, symbolism, science, mythology and psychology of trees, I make more and more connections, which in turn both satisfy, and drive, my curiosity.
With its organic origins and woven structure, fabric perfectly represents the textures and colours of nature. In my process I combine high representation with abstraction and imaginary elements. The technique of fabric collage permits me to work intuitively, using thousands of fabric and thread cuttings like a painter uses paint. In a fitting metaphor, the result is an accumulation of semi-transparent layers, hiding and revealing what lies beneath. I have faith that all my answers can be found close to home, in this conversation with my materials.
Raised in rural Southwestern Ontario, Lorraine Roy completed a B.Sc. in Horticultural Sciences at University of Guelph before pursuing a full time career in textile art. Originally devoted to hand-embroidery, she later developed a unique form of machine collage that permits her to ‘paint’ with fabric. Her work is featured in collections throughout Canada and abroad, including the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. She now lives in the picturesque Escarpment area near Dundas, Ontario with photographer husband, Janusz Wrobel.