Land from Above and Below
Vernissage/ Reception Tuesday, September 26 from 6-8pm
September 22 - October 18, 2017
Atrium Gallery, City of Ottawa
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
As a ceramic artist part of my focus is an exploration of the subtle beauty of the prairie landscape. I also consider the colonial history and the agricultural economy of the Canadian prairies; some of my pieces are square or rectangular echoing the man made grid pattern imposed during the time of settlement. My Bread Lines Series focus on harvest time. The pieces are vibrant with colour, line and texture from layered matt and shiny glazes. My Winter Driving Series reflects a more two dimensional seasonal environment.
A move to Ontario influenced my subject matter and process. Ontario, the province of my birth, is bigger and gazes inward and the landscape is lush and geology ancient. In response I based a series of wall pieces on the Niagara Escarpment; a landscape central to Ontario’s watershed, rich in biodiversity, home to hundreds of at risk species, and 450 million year old geological history.
I am a member of Ottawa’s Gladstone Clayworks Cooperative. This great workspace offers a fully equipped studio with 24/7 access. My work is designed using impressed slabs of clay. Pieces are multi-fired in oxidation using glazes that have been developed, adapted and tested during years of exploration.