My sculpture is a conceptual balance between three elements: the human figure, art and craft. In my work the cycle between these three elements constantly play off each other. Two historic examples of work that contain this triad are the doll and the religious icon. The figures of Summer Harvest include sculptures with doll-like characteristics presented as contemporary visual performance artists on the cusp of an action. My reason for this was to reference contemporary craft discussions on the importance of the role of tactility in craft. I have stretched the ideas of tactility to include function or performance. Newfoundland performance artist, Colette Urban, was the inspiration for the series.
October 1 - 14, 2015 L. A. Pai Gallery 13 Murray Street, Ottawa
Reed Weir graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1985, but is largely self-taught in ceramics. In 2014, she was a Visiting Artist and Mentor in the Ceramic Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her recent solo exhibition,Horizon Watchers,that took place at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax has an accompanying article by Gloria Hickey, available at the gallery. Two of the exhibition works were selected for the 500 Figures in Clay volumes.
Gallery hours: Sunday and Monday 12-5, Tuesday to Friday 11-6, Saturday 10-5.
Falling Leaves, multi-fired stoneware, 56 x 36 x 28 cm.
Summer Harvest, multi-fired stoneware with linen twine, 50 x 25 x 18 cm. Potato Chip Eater, multi-fired stoneware, plate and stand, 30 x 38 x 20 cm.
Potato Chip Eater, detail.