Roberta Pyx Sutherland enjoys a long and accomplished history as an artist working on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her exhibition record is extensive and comprises more than 25 solo exhibitions in both public and commercial galleries, and well in excess of 35 group exhibitions since 1983 when she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria. I first encountered the artist's work as Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria when the Gallery presented her 1987 exhibition entitled Earth Birthing, and I have watched with deep interest as she has continued the development of her artistic practice.
Fossils, mixed media
Recently, Sutherland achieved a breakthrough in her engagement with landscape and we see the results in her new series entitled Ibridos. Gone is the rectangle of the traditional drawing paper, replaced by a seemingly random torn lower edge. The landscape reference is highly condensed and is communicated through a series of "dots" designed to create a sense of vanishing to the horizon. The lower edge references mountain tops, and on the horizon there are further abstractions of mountain tops. These are satisfying works that achieve the artist's purpose as she reminds us that Nature is the primal source from which all life derives being and sustenance.
Sutherland's new work will be seen in a forthcoming exhibition at Gallery Editart in Geneva, Switzerland, from September 11 - 30, 2012