Christina Forrer / Matrix 187

August 13, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Contemporary conflict lies at the core of Christina Forrer’s narrative tapestries. The fantastical compositions explore themes of family discord and environmental strife, using a visual language rooted in classical mythology and the regional folk traditions of her native Switzerland. Her raw and energetic weaving style, vivid color palette, and intentionally misaligned panels combine effects of the handmade with the magical. The artist has also curated a selection of objects from the Wadsworth’s holdings, largely from the costume & textiles collection. Displayed in dialogue with her weavings, the additional pieces draw out the cultural themes and creative processes found in her own work.

Christina Forrer, Sepulcher, 2021. Wool, cotton and linen. © Christina Forrer; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York, and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago. Photo: Joshua White. 

MATRIX 187 is generously supported by the Wadsworth Atheneum Contemporary Coalition and The Coby Foundation, Ltd.

Sustaining support for the Wadsworth Atheneum provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development.