“The Clay Body Responds to Touch” Opening Reception

March 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Caetani Cultural Centre
3401 Pleasant Valley Rd
Vernon, BC V1T 4L4
Caetani Cultural Centre
"The Clay Body Responds to Touch" Opening Reception @ Caetani Cultural Centre | Vernon | British Columbia | Canada

“The Clay Body Responds to Touch” Exhibition by Wendy Lisa Nichol

The Caetani Cultural Centre and Vernon Community Arts Centre are pleased to announce their new visiting ceramics artist Wendy Lisa Nichol. Hailing from Toronto, Wendy is the Caetani Centre’s newest CeramAIR (Ceramics Artist in Resident). While she has been staying at the Caetani Cultural Centre, she has been working out of the Vernon Community Arts Centre since the beginning of January, continuing her explorations into clay and process. Her work will culminate with a solo exhibition in March.

Wendy has created a ceramic exhibition that reflects the capacity to contain a memory of the hand. ‘The Clay Body Responds to Touch’ sculpture series reflects on the imprint of that interaction. A composed clay surface marked with pathways; consider the hints of gesture as each form contains the willingness to receive.

In her current practice, she lets the surface of the clay reveal its process of construction. She burnishes the surface of each vessel to polish the layers of coils, softening the hardness of the form. Remnants of coiled layers of clay that build up the walls of each vessel are present and reveal a shadowed imprint. Depending on the vessel, she approaches the surface treatment with a variety of techniques: carved freeform patterns, painting coloured slip or underglaze then carved texture, or gestural painting with slip or underglaze. Wendy explains her process as “Patiently waiting, for shapes to form and clay to dry. Patterns appear from within the clay, while molding coils into vessels. Cavities of space that contain a reflection of my hand. Capturing movement in a still, solid form. Undulating textures embedded on the surface forever. Each application of pressure and release has been thought through. A negative and positive mark transferred through my body acting as an instrument. With care and composure, forms take on life, a connection to my body”

CeramAIR is a ceramics-based residency and partnership between the Caetani Cultural Centre and the Vernon Community Arts Centre/Arts Council of the North Okanagan in Vernon, BC. The program provides regional, national, international ceramic artists the ability to work in a supportive community environment of like-minded individuals from our own arts community, to share their expertise and vision, to inspire excellence and create work at the highest level in a nurturing and creative environment. The artist is provided with accommodations at the Caetani Centre, and is also provided with use of a shared studio workspace and equipment at the Vernon Community Arts Centre (VCAC) operated by the Arts Council of the North Okanagan (ACNO). The residency is a multi-faceted experience that includes opportunities for teaching, community outreach, interaction with other artists, and studio care, and culminates in an exhibition of new work.

For more information please visit our website http://www.caetani.org CONTACT INFO: Caetani Centre – 250-275-1525  air@caetani.org