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Heidi McKenzie, Ceramic Artist

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Artist Statement
My studio practice engages the relationship and responsibility of community in healing. This is explored through conceptual and material examination of ways in which clay, in its ceramic form, conveys “static motion.” Clay is inherently of the human body – the sediment of millennia. The medium reinforces the physicality of the implicit corporeal themes of ailment and recovery. 

I am informed by my own 20-year journey out of fibromyalgia. My sculpture confronts subject matter that relates to vitality in juxtaposition to isolation, stillness in counterpoint to unwitting lethargy, and the invisibility of chronic pain. The work is informed by a backdrop of otherness that references my own racial hybridity. Each piece is a personal manifestation of self at a specific moment in time during the healing process. My challenge is to create work that invites the viewer to experience and respond in ways that necessitate transformation. 

2010 - 2012 Sheridan Institute of Advanced Technology and Learning – Diploma Crafts & Design, Ceramics

1993 - 1994 University of Warwick, UK – Masters of Arts in Comparative Cultural Policy & Administration, Specialist in Race Relations

1987 - 1991 University of Toronto – Bachelor of Arts, Honours Distinction, Arts Administration Specialist, Music History/Drama Majors 

1993 Banff Centre for Management – Senior Arts Management Certificate

2012 Sheridan College Graduate Exhibition, Gardiner Museum, Toronto

2012 Here & tHere, Sheridan Graduate Exhibition, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto

2012 Interior Design Show, Sheridan Exhibition Booth, Toronto

2012 Together in Clay, Sheridan Ceramics Studio Annual Exhibition, Oakville

2011 Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale, Toronto

2011 SAVAC, [South Asian Visual Artists’ Collective] The Annual, “Paisley Transplanted”, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

2011 Untapped Emerging Artist: Toronto Artist Project, juried installation, “Paisley Transplanted”, Toronto

2011 Design Hope Toronto, juried show, art for auction for charity, Toronto

2010 Generations, juried group exhibition of University of Toronto student/alumni, Toronto

2011 Tucker’s Pottery Supplies Sheridan College Academic Award 

2011 Metchosin International Summer School Bursary: Les Manning’s workshop, Aesthetics of Ceramic

2011 Faculty of Art Auction Bursary, Haliburton School of the Arts for Michael Sheba’s Advanced Raku I 

2011 Untapped Emerging Artist Award, Spring 

2011 Toronto Artist Project

International Residency
2009 12-week residency at Andretta Pottery, Andretta, Himachel Pradesh, India under the mentorship of Mansimran Singh (student of Bernard Leach)

Selected Presentations
2012 Toronto Potters’ Association, “Tips and Strategies for Successful Grant Writing”

2012 NCECA, Seattle, Student Perspectives presentation, “Carpe Diem: How to Kick-Start Your Career in Ceramics

"Infinity" ceramic sculpture, mixed earthenware, thrown, altered, June 2011
16" x 8 " x 10'

"Engagement" ceramic sculpture, glazed stoneware, thrown, altered, August 2011 
14" x 10" x 6"

"Anima, bronze" ceramic sculpture, glazed stoneware, thrown, altered, February 2012
18" x 10" x 13"

"Anima, worn" ceramic sculpture, glazed stoneware, thrown, altered, January 2012
24" x 23" x 23"

"Self-reflection" ceramic sculpture, mixed stoneware, unglazed, thrown, altered, December 2011'
42" x 18" x 12"

FUSION gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, and the Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario. 


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