Exhibition REVIEW BEAR – dweller of the wilderness

Vancouver artist, Kaija Rautiainen
Reviewed by Maggie Tchir, Nelson, BC, July 2018
In her new exhibition, BEAR – dweller of the wilderness, Finnish-born tapestry artist, Kaija Rautiainen, is crossing boundaries into mix media. The Vancouver artist has always used the ancient medium of weaving to express her ideas. Now, however, she is traveling beyond the confines of the traditional hands-on warp and weft of textile. She brings a deeper sense of context to her work, as she engages a new unique set of tools and skills. Working with both cutting-edge computer programs and returning to painting, her new work celebrates the synthesis of mediums with her passion for the natural world.