Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Ilse Anysas-Saulkauskas, ASA, SAQA 

"Springtime" Ilse AnysasSalkauskas 49"h x 27"w Leather, yarn and acrylic paint 2005

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas, Springtime


Ilse graduated in 1980 from what is now called the Alberta College of Art and Design, having majored in fibre art and minored in print making. She was juried into the  Alberta Society of Artists in 1983 and is known for a series of projects using unconventional materials and techniques to comment on issues of landscape, land use and environmental preservation.

She has exhibited her art work in galleries, juried and invitational shows, both nationally and internationally, and has won several awards. Her art work images have been published in Canadian and American books and magazines and her works are in public and private collections in Canada and private collections in the US.

"A Phoenix for the Tar Sands" Ilse Anysas - Salkauskas Recycled corduroy, sewing machine ebellished with cotton and synthetic threads and materials 27"W x 50"H Feb. 2010

Ilse Anysas – Salkauskas, A Phoenix for the Tar Sands

Employing both old and new quilting techniques as a foundation for her work, she builds her intricately layered 2 and 3-D collage constructions reflecting the theme of the work. To create her one-of-a-kind art works, she investigates and explores the fibre art medium’s boundaries creating a marriage of formal artistic principles with old and new techniques for working with a variety of fibres.





2.Invaders_Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Ilse: Some of my art work is strongly influenced by the Alberta prairie and foothills environment in which I live. The seasonally varying visually rich colours, textures, moods and changes made by nature and industrial development provide me with the inspirations for my fibre art work.

I also create conceptual art work motivated by instinctual responses to family and personally significant life experiences and intuitively use the materials necessary to express my feelings best.

ASA: Which body of work would I consider most successful to date?

Ilse: The Alberta Craft council invited me to participate in a group exhibition called “All About Alberta”. They exhibited my large leather tapestry “Rising From the Ashes”  at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Canadian Embassy and Organization of American States, Washington, DC; Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, AB; Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB; Salon des métiers d`art, Montreal, QC; Cheongju, International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea; Devon House, St John’s, NF; Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.

ASA and TREX Address

Crossroads Art Centre
#302 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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