The Ephemerality of Art … and Buildings

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Search this address on Google and you get a picture of the Emergency Medical Centre.  Well, this centre no longer exists. Cincinnati officials were anxious to revitalize and were selling up buildings in a hurry.  A developer put the wrecking … Continue reading

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Portraits – Timara, Blaise and Paul


3-Portrait of Tamara Blaise 2 - Portrait of Paul

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June 8, 2013 – Sacred Water Ceremony


June 8, 2013 - Sacred Water Ceremony

About five years before this photo was taken, we heard Prime Minister Harper’s apology for Canada’s policy of assimilation that set out “to kill the Indian in the child” in the Residential Schools. Now, funding for 15 healing centres created to respond to the trauma experienced by residential school survivors and of others impacted will cease December 2013. Reinstate the funding now. Let the sacred water wash you. As Mr. Harper stated in his apology, “this is a burden that we cannot and should not bear alone.”

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Sculpture taken back home


neolith-Duchamp- frontviewIn second year sculpture (2011-2012) at The Art Centre at CTS Adult Visual Arts program, our teacher, Erin Vincent, asked us to pick a piece of paper each from two jars, one was on an era and another was on an artist. From these two, we must conceptualize and create a  sculpture of a head that will be a fusion of both the era and the artist.  I picked the neolithic era and the artist, Marcel Duchamp.

I created five maquettes of what I considered a fair representation of the neolithic heads I saw on the internet for approval to our teacher.  I then saw pictures of Steatopygous female figures (steatopygia: an extreme accumulation of fat on the buttocks) and decided to create a sixth maquette of a steatopygous female torso for myself.  I did not mean to present this but Erin saw it and  liked it so that became the basis of my sculpture. For a piece of “ready-made” art a-la-Duchamp, I thought of the egg-beater that my mother-in-law, Angie Conlon, gave me, then saw one at the Sunday antique market at St. Lawrence Market so it was just a matter of creating the sculpture with the intention of creating a space to add the  “ready-made.”

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So first was rendering the maquette into a larger clay sculpture, that then was splashed with plaster and built further to make a strong plaster mold.  The clay was then removed and replaced with cement fondue.  When the cement fondue was hardened and finished, a mixture of cement and epoxy was used to secure the egg beater into the indentation. neolith-Duchamp- backviewThe sculpture was kept locked under glass for a year in the CTS hallway until early in June when they were replaced with new sculptures.

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Tent as Home


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Tent. Handbuilt, Sandstone, Stained and partially Glazed, Cone 10

The tent represents the home, and a typical gathering place, or a “church” for a nomadic people. Here’s where they would have gathered, broken bread and shared stories, from books either in oral and, or written form.

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Min Specs for Churches


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Tent. Handbuilt, Sandstone, Glazed, Cone 10

“Min specs” [minimum specifications] for a church is for people to:

  • Gather
  • Break bread
  • Share stories

It was very interesting to see Occupy in Toronto took place in the park by my church.  And what people did in those tents was that they gathered, they broke bread and they shared stories.

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Visualizing God


When I visualize God, I picture…
a woman sweeping her house clean in search of some old treasure;
a man climbing on a train to seek a new world;
the whiskers of roots on that tomato seed I’m trying to germinate;
the broken shards of clay from a pot that stayed too long outside in winter;
a child sighing with contentment at his mother’s breast;
the agony in a man’s face after seeing his daughter felled by some canister that fell from the sky;
the awe the tourists had over that beautiful bowl the man was serving them with, that bowl which was that canister that was beaten, beaten and beaten in silent anguish until it no longer resembled the weapon that killed his daughter but is now a beautiful object that offers food and sustenance.

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Fragile Vessels


Fragile Vessels

2012, Handbuilt, Cone 10, Sandstone, Bisque-fired

My assignment was to reflect on the letter “Q”.  The letter “Q,” for the German Quelle, or “source,” contain stories, or fragments held in common by writers Matthew and Luke but in vessels that left no material trace, perhaps due to their fragility and destruction.

In many ways, all materials have always been here.  Clay remains and is recycled. The same material we hold today were here before we were.

Perhaps, the images and the sounds made then have been recorded in these same materials, if we just listen and look very closely.

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October 30 Salon 3X3 Poster


SALON 3 X 3

6 people; 3 artists 3 poets, in conversation about how art and poetry inspire each other.

In casual conversation, the artists and poets will respond to each other’s work, read poems inspired by art, and vice verse. They will talk about the cross-pollination that happens when artists/writers of different media pay attention to each others work. This is not just “show and read”. They plan to engage the audience in cross-talk, and invite them to create post card poems and crayon drawings – if they want to, nothing mandatory of course.

Participating poets are Ann Elizabeth Carson, Gianna Patriarca, and Donna Langevin, and the artists are Tina Conlon, Patsy Berton, and Grethe Jensen.

Salon 3 X 3 will take place at the Merchants of Green Coffee, 2 Matilda Street (near Queen and Broadview), Sunday October 30, at 2:00 pm. Books and artwork will be on display and available for sale from mid-October until the end of the year.

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October 30: Salon 3X3


SALON 3 X 3

6 people; 3 artists 3 poets, in conversation about how art and poetry inspire each other.

In casual conversation, the artists and poets will respond to each other’s work, read poems inspired by art, and vice verse. They will talk about the cross-pollination that happens when artists/writers of different media pay attention to each others work. This is not just “show and read”. They plan to engage the audience in cross-talk, and invite them to create post card poems and crayon drawings – if they want to, nothing mandatory of course.

Participating poets are Ann Elizabeth Carson, Gianna Patriarca, and Donna Langevin, and the artists are Tina Conlon, Patsy Berton, and Grethe Jensen.

Salon 3 X 3 will take place at the Merchants of Green Coffee, 2 Matilda Street (near Queen and Broadview), Sunday October 30, at 2:00 pm. Books and artwork will be on display and available for sale from mid-October until the end of the year.

Let me know if you’d like to get a postcard!

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