Sanctuary, cast bronze and ceramic flowers and foliage with 100-year old reclaimed local wood
A life-sized bronze fox curls up in repose encircled by a ring of ceramic flowers interwoven with thorns. The wooden pedestal is from 100-year old wood salvaged from homes being remodelled in the artist's neighbourhood. This work hovers between a celebration and acknowledgement of the fragility and grounding nature of home and also a memento mori.
The bronze fox can be purchased separately for $11,500.
Match 1 & Match 2 are porcelain sculptures, multi-fired, underglazed, painted and glazed on a wooden base.
These pieces are based on the 2016 solo exhibition series Match at public gallery Art-image in Gatineau and was awarded the Prix du CALQ – Œuvre de l’année en Outaouais – Work of the Year in the Outaouais. Recently exhibited in the solo public exhibition Source et ressource at the Centre D’Art Rotary in La Sarre, Quebec from Nov 2019 to Feb 2020 - a visual exploration of the manifestation of the boxing sport as transformative of the human figure - -the artist allowed the town of Buckingham’s emotional investment in their boxing hero Gaétan Hart to become the central theme
Still Breathing II, porcelain vessel, 49l x 16.5h x 20.5d cm, 2022.
"When I start with a bucket of porcelain slip, it can take on any shape. The slip is cast into moulds I make from plaster and are in the shape of smooth bowls. I choose to set up a dynamic where the vessels move, warp, fragment and collapse, reflecting aspects of life. I look for ways to support them, accompany them, as they change in response to the stress they embody. Was the support I gave it too much, not allowing it to move as it needed to? Was the support flexible enough to let this new stage in the development of the piece become its best self? Some pots, like people, are easy to love. Others are harder to engage with and I make a conscious choice to work with them trying to see the beauty within. Then the long journey of layering slips and glazes over many subsequent firings is next."
Still Breathing is on exhibition at the Jingdezhen International Ceramics Biennale 12/18/2021 - 11/15/2022, in China.
Still Breathing won the Kito Prize, which includes a three-month residency any time in the next two years.
"A bowl seen as a metaphor for the human condition holds sacred space. This bowl, on its side, still holds some space, some signs of life. It is still breathing, resilient.
I induce fissures and movement in my porcelain forms through the juxtaposition of clay and fibre-glass, symbolic of how we are essentially composed of the same molecules, just put together differently. I am manipulating and responding to how this stress changes the shape as it dries. I am concerned with how we respond and engage with the injury of experience - within, with each other, with the other."