Margot van Lindenberg
In my artwork I explore concepts of genetic, social and cultural identity, often drawing on ethical or political aspects and spirituality. Cultural expressions are rich in colour, pattern and symbolism, and there is a particular rhythm as in music for example that continually inspires me. I recognize patterns in organized structures, neurology and nature that are similar to that of man interacting with his environment, that I sometimes simply use as a visual pattern for printing or develop into more complex work. Through overseas living and relief work I have experienced sources and techniques of expression directly. Often these techniques and subject matter have evolved from history, societal strata, economics and natural resources. This immediacy has been a source of revisiting techniques and related works.
More recently I am drawn to genetically modified foods and the effect it has on ourselves and on the environment. The majority of my work involves textile techniques, including dyeing with plants from my own garden, screen-printing, and surface design.
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 behavior 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. She has presented workshops on the uniqueness of our identities and trauma relief through art. Margot was a guest instructor at an art residency program in New York City, and has presented the Alberta Curriculum through art programs in the Calgary Public Schools as an Artist- Educator with the Royal Conservatory of the Arts from Toronto. Since 2003 Margot teaches Silk-screening at the Extended Studies Faculty of the Alberta College of Art & Design. Margot is a member of the Alberta Society of Artist, the Alberta Craft Council and Contextural.