Helena Hernmark, Swedish, active United States, born 1941, Glimpse, 1974, Wool, linen; weft-faced with discontinuous weft patterning, The Adele Roller Fund and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Myron T. Kerr, Jr., 97.74
Swedish-born Helena Hernmark works in the traditional art of tapestry weaving, but she has honed a unique approach to imagery, which she calls “superrealism.” Interpreting a snapshot of something ordinary at unexpected dimensions, usually through tremendous magnification, her work jolts the viewer into a new frame of reference.
Hernmarck’s technique, which involves weaving bundles of threads of different thicknesses and hues, known as “butterflies,” into the tapestry, imbues her works with varied texture and complexity of color. Inspired by an aerial photo by William Garnett, which Hernmarck clipped from a 1967 article in Life magazine, Glimpse sees the architectural dimensions of a town shrink when viewed from above.
Jennifer Komar Olivarez
Associate Curator, Decorative Arts, Textiles, and Sculpture
Minneapolis Institute of Arts