I attended the one day workshop at Sheridan College with ceramic sculptor, Jean-Pierre Larocque – who is currently based in Montreal and on faculty with Concordia University. Rather than write up my personal reflections, I thought I would post some of the truisms, advice and wisdom that I captured during the day:
“I cannot abide a blueprint – too much happens in the process.”
“I work a lot from chaos…I need the chaos in there because it speaks of something.”
“Material is an embodiment of an idea.”
“When I pushed away limited to reference to recognizable images, then the images just came.”
“I work from behind the curtain, under the surface, so that the surface looks like it’s made itself.”
“I am outraged by the idea of the nobility of the mind.”
“Sculpture is an experiment in the round.”
“I’m in the business of making ghosts appear.”
“Making art is about love – you work on this thing until you love every part of it.”
“I like to arrive there, but I don’t like to prescribe how to get there.”
“Play is the thing that keeps me coming back.”
–photos posted by permission of the artist.
The Bowl Show at the Gardiner Museum is up for a few more days. I was thrilled to be a part of this astonishing array of creativity and talent. I introduced my new porcelain functional series: Windswept. I am pleased to announce that the Gardiner Shop will continue to carry this series on an ongoing basis.
My work Anima Worn (Sheridan thesis work, April 2012) will be featured in the Ontario Society of Artists Exhibition group exhibition opening on Thursday April 9th, 6-9pm at the Airt Gallery in Macdonald Block, 900 Bay Street (at Wellesley) – please join me to celebrate and see the show!
Opening Saturday April 11th, 2-4pm at David Kaye Gallery, North/West corner Queen St. W. and Dovercourt (entrance ON Dovercourt – next to Starbucks).
I continue to work through the profound insights I had in China 2013 regarding the abstraction of identity, culture and aspects of society. Work shown will be recent bodies of work, work from my residency in Denmark (November 2014) and work from China. I am asking the public to consider different facets of their lives through the work, considering how each and every one of us can contribute to society in meaningful ways.