Meet the artists: Maria Moldovan, Anna Jane McIntyre and I-Chun Jenkins 1-3 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 7.
ROCKS, PAPER, SCISSORS I-Chun Jenkins, Anna Jane McIntyre and Maria Moldovan
September 7 - 27
Meet the artists: Saturday, September 7th, 1-3 p.m.
at L.A. Pai Gallery, 13 Murray Street
The three artists are related through their association to paper. Paper is the medium for McIntyre's prints and Jenkins' hand-woven sculptures, and suggested by Moldovan's illustrative surfaces on her porcelain sculptures. 'Rocks' signal the stone traditionally used in printing (McIntyre) and the clay base (Moldovan). 'Scissors' are more specific to Jenkins' hand-cut artworks and McIntyre's cut up blocks of printing paper, but are also felt in the finely-incised sgrafitto lines in Moldovan's surfaces.
I-Chun Jenkins from New Brunswick
Wondering Where Alice Is?, framed woven paper sculpture, 18 x 24 inches, 2019.
Growing up in a tiny fishing village on the small island of Taiwan surrounded with a rich heritage of native culture and natural beauty, I became sensitive to vibrant colours and texture at an early age.
I moved to New Brunswick and was formally trained in textile artistry at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. there I was inspired to combine my weaving skills with my creative thoughts to push the boundaries of textile art.
Creating intricate paper pieces from re-purposed magazines allows me to stay with my traditional textile training in the form of weaving but also to explore using new materials and methods to create one of a kind work. Caring about the environment has led me to re-purpose discarded magazine paper as my new textile.
Anna Jane McIntyre from Montreal
Witch Story Cards, cut paper print, 11 x 11 inches, 2019.
Anna Jane McIntyre
She is an artist with a practice that combines drawing, sculpture, play, instillation, printmaking, costume, storytelling, performance and micro-activism. Her work investigates how people perceive, create and maintain their notions of self through behaviour and visual cues. She creates work acknowledging the past and present, as well as imagining surreal dreams of what is to come.
Her practice aims to combine diverse cultural influences (Trinidadian, British, Canadian) through the juxtaposition of familiar materials in novel usages and forms. The playful mash-up of materials acknowledges the active nature of negotiating culture, as well as the contradictions that may exist within our self-definitions. She lives and works in Montreal.
Maria Moldovan from Ottawa
Fear and Joy, cone 6 porcelain finished with glazes and under glazes,
12 x 12 x 6 inches, 2019, $1250.
Creating for me is a journey. A constant moving from the outside to the inside and back again. It is about the process of connecting the outside world to my inner world with my whole being acting as a filter to the outside. Elements from everyday life, a cloud, a landscape, an expression, a gesture gains a different meaning in my personal vocabulary and compositions take shape using the amazing possibilities of the ceramic material.
I moved to Canada in 2013 with my family. Leaving a well known space and searching for new anchor points is a challenging process. This search has been a driving force in my creative work in the past few years. Exploring a new world with new dimensions can be inspiring and the process of searching leads us in unknown outer and insides space as well.
I use a surface finish which combines textures, over layered under glazes, decorative patterns and surfaces covered with glazes. There is an intense play in the process of finding and keeping the balance between these four components of the surface finish.
I often combine different elements like body parts, landscape and animal figures which in real life never would appear together. Using the freedom of the creative dimensions, I find the connection points and create new meanings, a new story for these elements.
Sunday & Monday 12 - 5, Tuesday to Friday 11- 7
and Saturday 10-5 p.m.