Anna Torma: Permanent Danger


Anna Torma, Party with Dionysos, 2008–2015, detail, hand embroidered collage on linen fabric, silk thread, Collection of Patrick Cady/Musée d’art singulier contemporain

Anna Torma: Permanent Danger

Curated by Sarah Quinton
Circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada

30 October 2021 to 18 January 2022

Anna Torma’s embroidered works show deep concern for the world we live in. Known for expressive needlework that captures complex experiences of identity, family, and personal acts of artistic creation, she creates richly layered narratives that engage with the environment, the home, and well-being. With a practice that is deeply embedded in her mother’s and grandmothers’ traditional embroidered Hungarian textiles, Torma takes her predecessors’ materials, motifs, and techniques into new personal, social, and cultural terrain. Permanent Danger captures the artist’s act of coming to terms with the world through boldly stitched statements. In the artist’s words, “The most important things that the work must suggest are passion, freshness, and a new discovery every time for a viewer.”


Anna Torma, Fight 1, 2018, detail, hand embroidery and reverse appliqué on two layers of linen, digital and commercial prints, Courtesy the Artist

Anna Torma is the winner of the prestigious 2020 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts—Saidye Bronfman Award. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, a recipient of both the New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts and the Strathbutler Award from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation. For over forty years, Torma has exhibited her work in Canada and internationally and is represented in public and private collections around the world. Born in Tarnaors, Hungary, in 1952, Torma graduated with a degree in Textile Art and Design from the Hungarian University of Applied Arts, Budapest in 1979. She immigrated to Canada in 1988 and now lives in Baie Verte, New Brunswick.

This exhibition was organized by the Textile Museum of Canada with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, and supporting donor Carole Tanenbaum.

We would like to acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians—from all four directions—of the land on which we live. It is upon the unceded, ancestral lands of the L’nuk (Mi’kmaq) that the Owens Art Gallery is located. While this area is known as Sackville, New Brunswick, it is part of Siknikt, a district of the greater territory of Mi’kma’ki. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship,” which the Mi’kmaq Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati first signed with the British Crown in 1725.


The Owens Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of all its funders, including Mount Allison University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, the Town of Sackville, and the Friends of the Owens.

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