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Barbara Hunt

{Barbara Hunt}
Barbara Hunt

Assistant professor
Visual Arts Program
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

Research interests
Barb Hunt's most recent exhibition, "antipersonnel" is an installation of an ongoing series of replicas of antipersonnel land mines that she knits in various shades of pink wool. In this work, Ms. Hunt combines irony with ritual, using a textile skill with domestic associations as a way of coping with grief and loss. After visiting a demonstration in Paris in 1998, Ms. Hunt was alarmed by the immense prevalence of land mines and was moved by precarious attempts to eradicate mines from the world. Inspired, she began knitting replicas, cataloguing the astounding variety and proliferation of land mines around the globe.

Experience
Her present art practice is based in textiles, with a focus on the rituals of mourning, particularly in Newfoundland. In addition, she creates metal pieces, also based in textile design - she is currently cutting Irish lace patterns out of steel. She has been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts; and the Arts Councils of Ontario, Manitoba, and Quebec. She has carried out research in residencies in Canada, Paris and Ireland. She currently teaches sculpture and drawing at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Her upcoming solo exhibitions include Mourning (working title) — Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador and PINK, — Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Gallery.

Background
A Winnipegger and fervent Canadian, Ms. Hunt studied art at the University of Manitoba, receiving a visual art diploma with a thesis in printmaking in 1982. She established herself as a practicing artist in Winnipeg in the 1980s. She then studied at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, in Vancouver in the early 1990s, and in 1994 received an MFA degree from Concordia University with a concentration in sculpture, ceramics, and fibres.