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The gallery is pleased to present the work of two remarkable artists, Anna Torma and Balint Zsako. Hungarian Canadians, both are internationally renowned. One lives and works in Baie Verte (New Brunswick), the other in New York. The first is the mother of the second.

Anna Torma focuses in her work on needlework. It is part of a feminist tendency (Judy Chicago) that re-evaluates handwork traditionally associated with women in Western culture.

The artist offers us a fantastic world, both mystical and playful, animated characters, words and flowers, animals and monsters. The image of the garden plays a major role and refers both to the original garden that those she takes pleasure to visit or maintain her personal memories and daily life feeds her creative inspiration; embroidering, Anna Torma puts order into the chaos of her memory. Any idea of grid or rationality is excluded, however, because its sensitivity notes in every sense of spontaneity and candor of mind that characterize Art Brut and visionary art. Her works have been admired across Canada and the United States, China and in many European capitals (see CV).