Chronicling the relationship between humans and nature, Margit Hideg’s introspective struggle is inspired by nature’s amazing capacity to renew itself; specifically, her work explores the diverse parallels between nature’s resilience when confronted by natural disasters and that of humans when faced with disease. Color, ink, paper and fibres are weaved across her other worldly creations and give shape to vibrant landscapes, revealing a dazzling setting that harvests her own inner vitality. Her work is construction, self-discovery, transformation, and transmission.
Both her relationship with nature and her inquiry into the meaning of life adds a psychological mystique to her work. Hideg creates her own cotton paper, which not only adds texture to her work, but also harmonizes the bright colors found in her pieces. She considers the process of manufacturing the paper as a new language; a way to stabilize the vibrations of the form. In fact, Hideg considers her own body as an instrument. The abstract forms she creates pour out from both her respiratory cycles and the motions of her waving hands. This state she describes as being both conscious and unconscious.
Originally from Transylvania, Romania, Margit Hideg holds, since 1982, of a BFA (Hon) from the University of fine arts in Cluj – Napoca, as well as a teaching certificate. In 1989, she immigrated to the Canada for, then, to continue her training in graphic arts at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, (United States). In 2001, the artist made a six month residency at the New Media Lab of the Canadian Film Center in Toronto. Her interactive installation ShoeVox has been very well received by the media arts community. In 2008, she decided to devote herself entirely to her art practice. In 2014, she obtains the best project of Culture and Education Award issued by the Conseil régional de l’Outaouais at the Gala of Culturiades culture.
By 2015, she will carry on with a project – Lines in Nature – in collaboration with students and teachers from the School of Arts of Ottawa, to support the talent of young artists in contemporary art.
She worked in various workshops in the fields of management and graphic design. She also collaborated with InSitu, a travelling exhibition Gatineau, Saint-John and Hamilton. She also led several projects as a teacher at the École d’art of Ottawa and Heritage in Gatineau College, where she teaches since 2010. In 2013, she presided over the creation of The Artist’s Book Now. This group exhibition, in collaboration with students and professional artists, held in the FAB (Centre of arts, culture and heritage of Chelsea, Québec) in 2014.
International artist, she regularly participates in residences of artists in Romania and Hungary. His works were exhibited in Europe, the United States and the Canada. Margit Hideg lives and works in Ottawa, in Cantley, Québec.