I am inspired by the relationship of the forms I create to the environments they exist in. Making functional work for over 10 years, I consider the homes it will inhabit and the hands that will hold it. This intimate relationship between the vessel and its user has inspired my considerations as I approach sculptural work. Nature is always part of my work. I grew up on the prairies, big skies and wide open places were an obvious influence on my work. Now, living in Nova Scotia, I draw inspiration from this amazing province.
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My own work often deals with form and volume and has a connection to the natural world around me. My current body of sculptural work is inspired by organisms in the ocean. I use this as a jumping off point to create unique biomorphic sculptures. I would be interested to introduce students to this type of work. I see an opportunity to look to nature as our inspiration and create forms, either functional or sculptural, out of clay and create a work suggestive or inspired by a living organism. We would have a chance to look at historical examples found in Surrealism and Art Nouveau. There are many examples found in painting, architecture, sculpture etc. It would be interesting to delve into these examples and find the common language among them that could be utilized in our attempts as a class at a similar representation/creation. I have done many workshops with students over the years and I am excited to address not only the technical considerations of making but to also delve into the historical and natural connections so as to provide a context for the work we are making.
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Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
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