Barbara Heller

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Granville Island
1610 Johnston Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6H 3S2




Medieval tapestries were often political or religious parables clothed in classical allusions. I use this ancient art form with personal symbols and modern metaphors to circumvent the rational mind and reach people on an intuitive, emotional level. The familiarity and non-threatening nature of textiles allows me to seduce the viewer into taking a closer look at preconceived assumptions.

My work reflects my concerns about our world – one fraught with inequities, beset by senseless violence in the name of a “greater good”, people in pain, the degradation of the environment, and our increasing psychological isolation from one another. These concerns may not always be evident but they are always there as subtext.

I draw on my Jewish heritage, my own and old family photos, the mystical side of world religions, and personal travels and experiences to develop an iconography to express what we are losing - our sense of who we are and how we fit into our world.

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Hours of operation

Monday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm