Sculpture in paper clay, clay, plaster; Low-fired with glaze, underglaze, and lustre; 18"x7"x10"
Shakespeare's sonnet #76 impressed in stoneware; mid-fire; oxides; found antique box Sold
I am self-taught and a workshop-trained ceramic artist. In my home studio, I produce sculpture, contemporary art, and functional ware. At this time, I am pursuing a university program; as such, my ceramic work has slowed considerably. I have been focusing on a light, contemporary, and painterly functional line that I hope to unveil in the spring of 2021. Clay Highlights 2018-2019 Mentorship with Susan Low-Beer, Toronto, ON, through Fusion: The Clay and Glass Association 2016-2018 Director, Outreach and Communications for POPULACE, a Canada 150 project for the Ottawa Guild of Potters. 9000 clay sculptures were installed on the grounds of the Canadian Museum of Nature 2018 Director, Outreach and Communications for COMPASS, an installation of 4000 clay sculptures on the grounds of the Canadian Geographical Historical Society 2016 Nomination for Emerging Artist for the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts 2015 Solo Show Dust Evans Gallery in Ottawa called Thred/s based on work relating to the outrage for kidnappings in Chibok 2015 Winner Best in Show for Chibok 276 at the Ottawa Guild of Potters Annual Exhibition 2014 Winner Craft Ontario Award at the Ottawa Guild of Potters' Annual Exhibition
As I was born and raised on the Canadian prairies, my aesthetic is often informed by my early experiences relating to the landscape and the psychological dualities that it throws into relief. I am interested in community and social issues and my studio practice features a mix of functional and sculptural work with larger community-based projects and initiatives. I received a MA in English literature in 1995 and a MA in Canadian studies in 1999 where I completed a thesis on public art. My love of history and language resonates in my work. By looking back into history and mythologies both written and told, I believe we can highlight many of our present entanglements and continue to find ways to advance ourselves and improve the planet. I am interested in the links between ancient and contemporary struggles for women's rights and find ways in my art to express issues relating to women. My work often explores the ways women are contained and yet find opportunities to allow for self and social expression and escape. Perhaps it is the power of the imagination combined with theoretical reinvestigations of the past that create new answers to old problems in our world today.