Margot van Lindenberg
Fascination with the immense diversity in human life and cultural expressions inspires me. In my artwork I explore the concepts of genetic, social and cultural identity, often drawing on ethical or political aspects and spirituality. Microscopic imagery and cellular structures are a source of conceptual work for me, exploring the way natural organisms are built up. I am amazed by the organized structure in molecular biology, neurology and nature. Similarities of patterns emerge of man and his relationship with the environment. Each culture has always expressed itself in colour, line and form in a unique way, using natural and acquired resources that reflect value and meaning that interests me.
During a residency in Sumba, Indonesia I was able to study and observe the ikat technique, from designing and resist-dyeing to the complete weaving. Even the indigo plant was growing in my backyard. The patterns and designs in the weavings are unique to this culture, highly valued and personal. Each piece is hand crafted by individual artists. To interact with the artists around me I created several artworks as a response, using natural and synthetic dyes, resist-dyeing by tying off not just threads, but the width of the fabric, and screen printing to convey contemporary life in Sumba.
Margot van Lindenberg studied Education in the Netherlands and received a BFA with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Canada. Exposure to cultural diversity through international residencies as well as her Christian faith inspired her to explore the organization and concepts of genetic, social and cultural identity in both human behaviour and nature, often drawing on the ethical and spiritual. Margot develops these ideas through surface design techniques of screenprinting, hand-dyeing, and sculptures with thread. Additionally she produces a line of scarves with new collections in Spring and Fall.
Margot’s professional experience ranges from teaching, curating exhibitions and serving as artist with private organizations, most recently in designing installations for window spaces in Paris. She has presented workshops on ‘Celebrating Who You Are’ and trauma relief through art. In 2011 she was a guest instructor at an art residency program in New York City. In the Calgary Public Schools she taught the Alberta curriculum through Learning Through The Arts program as an Artist- Educator with the Royal Conservatory of the Arts from Toronto. Since 2003 Margot teaches Silkscreening at the Extended Studies Faculty of the Alberta College of Art & Design. Margot is a member of the Alberta Society of Artist, Alberta Printmakers and the Alberta Craft Council.