Paintings inspired by Post-it note doodles; contemporary indigenous artists; embroidered history of oil.
UNTIL MAY 2018
After nine years of needlework in her Calgary studio, Sandra Sawatzky has completed her Black Gold Tapestry (page 29). Informed by the Bayeux Tapestry in both its artistry and storytelling, the Black Gold
Tapestry recounts how human advancement has been fueled by oil—across thousands of years, numerous civilizations and 220 feet of linen—from the discovery of bitumen in Iraqi marshes, to the environmental impact of the industry felt today around the world.
“[The Bayeux Tapestry] set me to musing what epic story of today might be told in an embroidered tapestry,” Sawatzky said of the tale she has stitched together. “And then I thought about oil. It changed the modern world in the same way that the Norman invasion changed the course of history.”
More than simply illustrating a complex global history, this visual saga also raises questions about how our international community is moving towards a shared energy future—one that is both uncertain and exciting.