RIA Salon 80
Paula Murray Canada C3 Expedition- A Crucible
Wednesday, March 7th, 7.30 PM
At the Enriched Bread Artists Gallery,
951 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa, Second Floor
Seats are limited, so please rsvp, asap: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada C3 was a Signature Project for Canada’s 150th Anniversary. The centrepiece was an epic 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. I was invited on board as a visual artist for Leg 8 sailing from Qikiqtarjuak to Pond Inlet, Baffin Island and in exchange asked to respond to the experience through my work. I will be showing images of this staggering landscape, communities visited and a collaborative group piece created for the ship. I will be discussing the intensity of the learning experience and resulting dynamics aboard the ship as this diverse group of Canadians grappled with questions of reconciliation, diversity, and inclusion, the environment and youth empowerment.
Born in Ottawa, Paula Murray studied science at the University of Ottawa and ceramics at Sheridan College. Living and working on the shores of Meech Lake, QC since 1980, her professional life has been inspired by several years living on the water sailing with her young family and her long time interest in the nature of reality.
Elected into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2006, and the International Academy of Ceramics in 2017, she exhibits internationally having received honourable mentions for prestigious competitions in Canada, Italy, Korea and Invitational Taiwan and Japan. This fall her installation You Are Me, curated by the Ottawa Art Gallery in 2016 will be travelling to the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale. In 2015 she was awarded the Prix du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for Work of the Year for her installation Connection x Connexion and Artist of the Year for the Outaouais region. Selected collections include Korean Ceramic Foundation Museum, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, Museum of Ceramics, Faenza Italy, Canada House, London, UK, and in Canada the Gardiner Museum, Museum of History, City of Ottawa and the Canada Council Art Bank.
A note on the Salons.
1. Every month or so (there have been some hiatuses) Rene and I invite an artist, who has done a project outside the Ottawa area, to give a presentation in our home. This could be about an exhibition, a presentation, a residency or a research trip. It is a nice, informal way to get to know about something that we don’t have a chance to experience in person.
2. We have also invited artists who are new in town to give a presentation about their work.
3. And we are interested to hear from artists who have graduated from the MFA program at Ottawa U. and have settled in Ottawa.
The get-togethers are super casual, and the talks are short so there is lots of time for discussions about all sorts of things. People take turns to bring wine (we ask different people each time). This isn’t about food, so we usually have only chips. Invitations to speakers are based on coincidence, happenstance and word of mouth. There is only space for 20 people, first RSVP-ed first served, so please RSVP as soon as possible. If there are more people than seats, we create a waiting list. For the following salon, the people on the waiting list get an advanced notice. We are trying not to turn the salons into a club, and this is the best way we know of getting different people together at different times. Please don’t be discouraged if you don’t get in the first time. Although there are now more than 300 names on my list, people usually can attend at least 1 out of 2 salons.
If you sign up but can’t make it at the last moment, let us know, so we can contact someone on the waiting list.
Petra and Rene