Artists Speak – Dealing with Isolation

Joie--Janet K. MacKay – Sculptor/Painter

“In some ways, I feel very fortunate to be an artist during this time of isolation. My art gives purpose and structure to my day. I love the hours of solitude as I work in the studio and now there is a further sense of calmness as deadlines disappear. The downside, is not being able to show my work to clients and customers face to face – nothing is more satisfying than experiencing that moment with another when your art makes a connection – it feels like a connection at the Faith 2soul level.  This time of isolation has thrown artists into the digital era – the internet is now our primary platform for connecting our art with others. Although grateful for the internet, this time of isolation instills in me how much I treasure the human connection my art provides.”

To see more of Janet’s work: http://www.worldviewstudio.ca

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Artists Speak – Dealing with Isolation

Screen Shot 2020-03-29 at 2.27.01 PMTerry Schaub – Stone Carver

” I’ve been working for 3M Canada for over 26 years now and this pandemic has certainly put them in the spotlight recently.  My passion, however is sculpture. During my down time and weekends you’ll find me in my studio working on some new projects. I enjoy people but I’m a rather quiet person and I get my creative energy in solitude. Other than a few personal distractions, my work hasn’t been affected too much by this pandemic. I work with stone and these are a few photos of a current project I’m working on. Hopefully this Covid-19 crisis will be over soon and we can all get back to our normal routines. In the meantime stay home and stay safe.”

You can see more of Terry’s work at http://www.twschaub.com

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Artists Speak – Dealing with Isolation

How do you continue to appreciate art and support artists during this pandemic? Our Online Gallery gives you a visual on over 40 sculptures available by our artists in every price range. You deal directly with the artist which means there are no commissions, but most importantly you are Screen Shot 2020-04-26 at 11.00.45 AMhelping to support local artists through this very difficult time. Even if you are not buying, we would love to hear from you – it can be the motivation to continue creating.

Sometimes it takes a while for a sale to come through for our artists. Mary S. saw the Sesquicentennial Forest by glass artist, France Grice back in 2017. Recently she contacted her to purchase one of the trees and France was happy to deliver it. The client warned her that she was celebrating adding this to her art collection and she went all out to accept her tree, as you can see from the photo.  Delightful!

Visit our Online Gallery today at  https://sculptureottawa.ca/online-gallery-2

 

 

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Artists Speak – Dealing with Isolation

BÉLA SIMO – Metal Sculptor

 
image1“Work in a sculpture studio is often solitary. For my part, I practically live in my studio, so the confinement caused by the covid-19 pandemic has not changed much for me. However, I must admit that uncertainty and anxiety have slowed down my creative impulse a little. Economic uncertainty is also weighing a lot, when contracts are absent and symposiums and exhibitions are canceled or postponed. I do not know what tomorrow will look like, or whether there will be bread on the table. So, for days, I was unable to focus on my work. But I cut down watching the news and I am back to what matters to me: creating pieces that reflects myself, my passion, my beliefs, my struggles… I am happy to share with you my latest pieces because, especially in stressful times such as these, we need art in our daily lives. I began these aluminum pieces before the start of the pandemic. Some people asked me if I was a diviner. It is up to you to decide!”
You can see more of my work on my Facebook page at: facebook.com/artBelaSimo
image0“Le travail en studio de sculpture est souvent solitaire. Pour ma part, je vis pratiquement dans mon studio, donc le confinement entraîné par la pandémie de covid-19 n’a pas changé grand chose pour moi en ce sens. Néanmoins, je dois admettre que l’angoisse et l’anxiété ont freiné un peu mon élan créatif. L’incertitude économique est aussi très grande, alors que les contrats sont absents et que symposiums et expositions sont annulés ou reportés. Je ne sais pas de quoi demain sera fait, ni s’il y aura du pain sur la table. Donc, pendant des jours, j’ai été incapable de me concentrer sur mon travail. J’ai alors décidé de passer moins de temps à suivre l’actualité et je suis revenu à ce qui m’importe: créer des pièces qui me reflètent moi, ma passion, mes convictions, mes luttes… 
Je suis heureux de partager avec vous mes dernières sculptures, car, surtout en des périodes difficiles comme celles que nous vivons, nous avons besoin de l’art dans notre vie quotidienne. J’ai commencé ces pièces en aluminium avant le début de la pandémie. Certains m’ont demandé si je n’étais pas un peu devin. À vous de juger!”
Vous pouvez également voir mon travail sur ma page facebook: facebook.com/artBelaSimo 
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Artists Speak – Dealing with Isolation

Danny Barber – Stone Carver

“I am very fortunate to have had commissions to carry me through the winter. These are jobs that could only be delivered once the Spring weather arrives. Hand tooled pier caps, house names, dedications and a cemetery memorial in Carrara Marble which is next on my bench. There has been great variety which I enjoy a lot. Following the BC2C0E79-7B5F-42F6-937F-A7A1CB12F145memorial I have a very large carving project to do for the Halifax Armouries. I will be replacing the bottom half of the Coat of Arms for Canada circa 1895. This will require clay modelling, plaster casts and many carved elements. The project is moving quite slowly though and I’m not sure that the timing will be in my favour. Fingers crossed.
Working in isolation hasn’t been an issue for me. I always work alone and I do prefer it, although I usually teach one night a week and run an open studio for other carvers. This I miss greatly. I really enjoy the social time, the community and sharing my knowledge and space. Working during this pandemic has been a bit like everything is in slow motion. Like working on a snow day. The projects still have to get done, but the urgency doesn’t seem to be there. Neither is the anxiety and pressure. I’ve been taking the time to do online drawing lessons every morning before starting work which is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I hope to take away from this experience a more relaxed working pace and to continue to put my creativity first.”
You can see more of Danny’s work at http://www.barberstonecarving.com or at our Online Gallery at https://sculptureottawa.ca/online-gallery-2/
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Artists Speak – Dealing with Isolation

Bill Lockyer – Stone Sculptor

20190913_115516“My name is Bill, I am born and raised in Ottawa.  I am still working at CHEO on the cancer ward.  I have been working in lots of venues such as painting and wood sculpture, I have built a wooden rocking horse but my main interest is soap stone, which I have been doing for several years.  
I have followed Patrick Imai for several years and I like his style.  I was looking forward to attending the National Capital Network of Sculptors meetings and will attend once they resume.  I don’t have a website yet, but here are some examples of my work.  I did a 20190908_164834show at the Gem and Stone in the fall at the Nepean Sportsplex.  I always question what prices to put on pieces and by attending the NCNS meetings I hope to get some feed back regarding this.  Looking forward to meeting all of you in the future.”
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Artists Speak – Dealing with Isolation

Alexandra Tytarenko – Figurative Sculptor

“Over the past several weeks, I have been taking more time on working with sculpture from home. I also found myself also spending more time reading, observing and learning about other artists and their creative processes – which has been a source of inspiration during an otherwise isolating period. This has definitely helped me stay busy and optimistic.

My husband and I live in Ottawa, close to our daughter and two young grandchildren. I started sculpting when I lived in Winnipeg and continued after our family moved to Ontario and lived in Toronto for a period of time. In general, I find myself being inspired by nature, as well as by the expression of human emotion – which have a certain beauty and honesty 73AEB860-60FF-40C2-BC8E-99FFE79658E5to them. A large focus of my works are portraits or figures, sometimes themselves being engaged in art, such as music or dance.  I have frequently worked with stone or winterstone (a concrete-based substance), but have recently been also using resin more often, which I find can create interesting effects. Attached is a picture of a piece I am currently working on – a portrait of a close friend and sculptor, Leo Mol, who I had the pleasure of knowing dating back to my time in Winnipeg (attachment #1).

 While the world around us seems to be filled with uncertainty and change every day, I try to stay optimistic and am glad to be part of the Ottawa community. And Skype definitely helps during this time! Wishing you all to stay safe and healthy – take care of yourselves.”

To see more work by Alexandra Tytarenko, please visit our Online Gallery at https://sculptureottawa.ca/online-gallery-2/ 

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Artists Speak – Dealing with Isolation

Colette Beardall – Clay Sculptor

BAF62F6D-4AEC-4110-A4E6-5B43399E843C“As a clay artist it is my habit to spend many hours alone in my studio but always with my 5 various animal companions to keep me company.  Often in the warmer months I bring my wheel up to the back deck to engage my senses with the natural surroundings I am lucky to live in.  I have a small property in Metcalfe which is full of flora and fauna and home to my two horses, two cats and Russian rescue dog.   Animals are the primary subject of my sculpture work and through sales of my pieces I am able to send a portion to an animal rescue which is represented in the piece I’ve made.  It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to use my meager ability in this manner.

A few months ago, my emotions were totally engaged with the devastation of the wildfires in Australia and the mass of destruction of habitat and the death of so many animals.  I had to find a way to keep myself busy and stop my anxiety from getting the best of me.  Planning and executing a fundraiser that would provide relief for both WIRES an animal relief organization and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of NSW was the tonic I needed.  Being a potter as well, I made and sold one hundred wheel thrown bowls for a minimum donation of $25 but so many dug deep and sent more. I was so happy to raise a total of $4500 for the charities.  

Of course, now we find ourselves here.  A global pandemic.  I am to have a solo exhibition in 2021 at the Shenkman Arts Centre.  My main subject before this pandemic struck was to highlight animal abuses and trafficking in places around the world.  A highlight would be the pangolin who has been implicated in being a source for the virus.  Am I clairvoyant?  No.  Just a concerned and devasted global citizen that watched as shipment after shipment of this animal’s body parts brought it from a healthy population to endangered status within a couple of years.  Part of our jobs as artists is to engage with people but also to inform.  I hope I can continue doing that in the depths of my basement with a sense of hope for a better world in the future.  And leave the depths of despair behind us.”

You can find Colette’s work on her website at http://www.colettebeardall.com or in our ONLINE Gallery at https://sculptureottawa.ca/online-gallery-2/ 

 

 

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Artists Speak – Dealing with Isolation

Patrick Imai – Stone Sculptor

“Covid-19 has meant the cancellation of all my artistic engagements: shows, workshops, mentoring, and association meetings, for the next few months.  This means I can focus on stone carving.  So, things haven’t changed too much. 

E9B621D2-5F41-46A8-86DE-AFE9440F3D32As the self-isolation started, I undertook carving a piece of hard stone (8” x 8” x 14”, 91 lbs Brazilian Dura soapstone).  I started cutting the stone with a hand saw then took to using my rotary shaft tool (Foredom) until I burned it out.  I used hammer and chisel and rasps and files to shape the stone.  Dura soapstone is a mix of hard and soft stone, so fine sanding results in a bumpy surface so I stopped sanding at wet 220.  I finished with tung oil to highlight the bear.

I do miss the conversations of the weekly open studio carving at Barber Carving & Sculpture and the opportunity to meet and talk with people at other events. 

Stay healthy and keep creating.”

You can see more of Patrick’s work at http://www.patrickimai.ca

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Artists Speak – Dealing with Isolation

Jim Lawrence – Wood Sculptor

“Two weeks ago I was in southern France (Aix-en-Provence) in the middle of a 6 week vacation. We did hikes in the countryside and visited sites where Cezanne, Van Gogh and Picasso hung out. All very inspiring! I even brought a piece of wood and a few knives and chisels with me,  planning to do some wood carving on our nice sunny terrasse. But all that came to a grinding halt by mid-March. I’ve now been back home for 10 days in quarantine.  D14DC5EB-8C6D-4C4E-B8B3-AC72CD392675Although I miss being outside for walks, bike rides, doing errands, etc., it hasn’t been all bad. The isolation has given me lots of time to clean out the accumulated junk from my studio and the basement storage. This was something we had been meaning to do for years. It is so satisfying to actually get it done! And lots of time to prepare for my next sculpture projects and to finish ones in progress. This covid-19 thing will eventually be over, spring is on its way with warmer, sunny weather and my strict quarantine is almost finished! Makes me want to sing and dance.

The photo is of my latest piece which I am working on this week. I refer to it as Mother Nature’s latest spring fashion statement: “the decayed look” denims. Carved from an inverted hollow spalted maple stump with lots of decay and worm holes.”

You can see more of Jim’s work on his website at http://www.jimlawrencesculptor.com

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