Springback Road Series 5

Double vision

Sculpture and landscape photography are enmeshed in a new art exhibit at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Red Deer. Jane Durham, a Red Deer artist now living in Calgary, presents landscape photographs that are double exposed to also reveal images of her abstract ceramic sculptures.

Sculpture and landscape photography are enmeshed in a new art exhibit at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Red Deer.

Jane Durham, a Red Deer artist now living in Calgary, presents landscape photographs that are double exposed to also reveal images of her abstract ceramic sculptures.

The exhibit, A Collection, shows exactly where Durham’s artistic inspiration springs from — the organic shapes and colours of rural Alberta.

Viewers can see the same ochre yellows, greens and browns that Durham uses in her sculptures and functional ceramics (which are also displayed in the gallery), as are in the landscapes in her province.

“It’s sort of sculpture meets functional work, meets photography,” said Durham.

The artist completed Red Deer College’s visual arts program before continuing her education at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Although she started making art at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, Durham admitted she wasn’t immediately drawn to three-dimensional creations.

Even when starting out at RDC, “I didn’t like ceramics. I thought it was a horrible medium,” she said with a laugh.

But once Durham got past the frustrating stage “where everything was cracking and breaking,” and got more successful results, she began enjoying “the tactility of the clay and being able to use my hands constantly.”

Her sculptures appear free form, but there are some painstaking parts to the process.

The artist “draws” carved lines on the ceramics that look like different layers of sediment.

The indented lines created by a tool similar to a box cutter are filled with a different coloured slip inlay.

The sculpture is stained while still wet with a colour pigment. And after a first firing, it’s glazed.

Durham’s organic sculptured shapes resemble rocks, stones and layers of earth exposed by erosion. There’s the same repetition of colour and line as appear in photos of actual sun-baked Alberta landscapes.

By juxtaposing images of real landscapes and the sculptures they inspired, Durham said she is pointing viewers back to the beginnings of her creation process.

Durham sells mostly functional ceramics decorated with her distinctive lines and colours, at the artisan Market Collective in Calgary.

The roving public market is often held at the Chinese Cultural Centre or the East Village/Riverwalk area.

Her exhibit, A Collection, runs at the Harris-Warke Gallery, upstairs in Sunworks on Ross Street, until Sept. 10.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Environment minister reconsidering decision to stay out of Alberta coal-mine review

OTTAWA — Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is reconsidering a decision in December… Continue reading

Experts say Twitter breach troubling, undermines trust

HONG KONG — A breach in Twitter’s security that allowed hackers to… Continue reading

Walmart latest retailer to require customers to wear masks

NEW YORK — Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at… Continue reading

Commons finance committee to begin probing WE Charity’s volunteering contract

OTTAWA — The first of multiple parliamentary investigations of the federal government’s… Continue reading

Active number of COVID cases rises to 61 in central zone

Cases increased by 13 over the past 24 hours

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Opinion: Worst of COVID has passed, but it’s not business as usual

We are entering the euphoria stage of the pandemic economy — surging… Continue reading

Opinion: Teachers have advice on how to safety reopen schools

With Canada Day well behind us, summer is officially underway. But even… Continue reading

Winger Liam Kay, the Wolfpack’s first-ever player signing, leaves for Wakefield

Winger Liam Kay, the Toronto Wolfpack’s leading try-scorer and first-ever signing, has… Continue reading

Canada’s Jordan Mein returns to action with Bellator later this month

LOS ANGELES — Canadian welterweight Jordan (Young Gun) Mein will make his… Continue reading

Megan Thee Stallion says she was shot, expects to recover

LOS ANGELES — Rapper Megan Thee Stallion said Wednesday that she was… Continue reading

Colville painting shatters sales record at auctions with strong bidding results

TORONTO — A painting by Alex Colville shattered a price record for… Continue reading

Bank of Canada holds rate, forecasts decline in GDP of 7.8% this year

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada will keep its key interest rate… Continue reading

Alberta escalates pay fight with doctors, asks regulatory college to intervene

EDMONTON — Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro is escalating his pay dispute… Continue reading

Most Read