NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
CURATED BY DAISY MCGOWAN
@ REDLINE CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
JANUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 24, 2017
Once fired, clay lasts forever. Permanence is one of my fascinations in working with ceramics yet it can also be quite daunting. The objects that I make will outlive me and subsequent generations. Identifying as an artist who works quickly through multiples, I am constantly contemplating where my objects will end up - in homes, in storage, or in reality, landfills. I have decided to confront the pile of stored work by repurposing, reinventing, and extending the life of a so-called finished piece.
Over ten pots were broken to create this landscape - most of which were large scale vessels made for my thesis exhibition in graduate school. I see this act as a metaphor for change and new beginnings, highlighting the importance of labor within my practice. From originally making the vessels that included coil building, bisquing, glazing, firing, transporting, and storing to cutting panels, sanding, breaking, assembling, and mounting the mosaics. The process of making these pieces emphasizes the multiple iterations, history, and overall work as production.
These mosaics represent a landscape of flowering bushes inspired by a set of photographs inherited from my late grandparents. The images that were taken in The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC, capture the ephemerality of multiple plants blooming at a simultaneous moment. Portraying this snapshot in ceramic shards preserves the brevity of a flowering landscape and gives life to old work.
PHOTOS BY WES MAGYAR