The Victoria Arts Council is excited to announce an upcoming solo exhibition by ceramics artist Samantha Dickie.
“This dynamic installation will see our main gallery transformed into an immersive environment that pushes audiences to question the limits of ceramics,” said Kegan McFadden, VAC executive director and curator of the exhibition.
The exhibit, called A Moment in Time, runs September 10 to October 31, at VAC, 1800 Store Street. The artist will be in attendance at the public reception, September 10, 7 to 10 pm.
Incorporating brand new and recent sculptural approaches to ceramics, Dickie’s work confronts viewers’ comprehension of the handmade through mass production, while asking them to consider simple yet profound dualities within the relationship of form to space, emptiness to fullness, constraint to freedom, containment to spaciousness, and subtlety to disparity.
Using thousands of ceramic components, Dickie will install four unique works never before exhibited in Victoria. This includes a site-specific response to the VAC “Vault” project room that will mimic a stratospheric excavation.
Dickie is a Vancouver Island based ceramic artist focused on creating both minimalist abstract sculpture, and multi-component works for architectural-scale installation and public exhibition. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University, she completed a Diploma in Ceramics from the Kootenay School of the Arts. Over the past 18 years, her practice includes attending various residencies in Canada and abroad; receiving national and provincial grants to create large-scale conceptual projects for exhibition in public galleries across Canada, as well as teaching workshops and presenting at provincial conferences. Her work can be found in permanent collections in Victoria, Nanaimo, Ontario and Boston.
The Victoria Arts Council has connected artists with audiences since 1968. It extended thanks to its community sponsor of this exhibit: Madrona Gallery, as well as the BC Arts Council, CRD Arts & Culture, the Province of British Columbia, and its dedicated membership.