Nordic Blue Ice Flow: Homage to the St. Lawrence River, 1984
cotton threads covered with mylar, coloured silk threads and linen threads
162 x 504.5 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 40966)
"Nordic Blue Ice Floe" is one of a series of tributes to the St. Lawrence River by Micheline Beauchemin – a testament to its central role in the livelihood of the artist’s family. The tapestry captures the play of light on the floes of the St. Lawrence near her home in Grondines, Quebec, during the spring thaw. Through abstracted forms, Beauchemin manages to depict the transient and cyclical event of the ice break-up through the use of variously textured threads in over sixty different shades of blue. Beauchemin has travelled extensively to learn about international tapestry techniques, designs and fibres. During several visits to Japan in the 1960s, she gained access to a seemingly endless array of fibres and colours that have allowed her greater breadth for exploration of the interrelationship between light and colour.