01 May

Viveka, An Exhibition by Samantha Dickie

Samantha Dickie is a Victoria-based artist creating large scale installations from ceramics, and I recently saw her lovely show Viveka at Seymour Gallery in Deep Cove. The exhibition is now closed but I wanted to share the work because I found it inspiring, and think it is a striking example of contemporary ceramic work that I don’t see often in Vancouver.

Samantha Dickie at Seymour Art Gallery

Samantha Dickie at Seymour Art Gallery

The exhibition included a series of installations with a desire to engage the viewer in contemplation and silence. The one below is made up of more than 150 abstracted soda-fired porcelain forms spread across a wall. The installation above with the black tubes included an audio element created by water dripping on metal pipes, similar to wind chimes.

Samantha Dickie at Seymour Art Gallery

Samantha Dickie at Seymour Art Gallery

Samantha Dickie at Seymour Art Gallery

The grouping of rounded ceramic forms carved with circles reminded me strongly of my own cut paper work. I am contemplating how to make something similar out of paper.

Samantha Dickie at Seymour Art Gallery

Samantha Dickie at Seymour Art Gallery

This was an excellent follow up to the Janet Macpherson show I saw in Toronto a few weeks ago.  I can’t get enough of ceramics on a large scale.

© Rachael Ashe