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November 14, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Eyes of Metal and Agate 2013 Glazed ceramic
Ceramic creatures of liquid and bone stand motionless, guarding treasures of eras faded beyond recall. In those centuries predating the primacy of written language, the craftsmen were storytellers and the artists’ painterly sleight of hand embellished the spoils of nature for all to gaze at and wonder.
Drawing from the history of ceramics and craft, Nurielle Stern explores clay as a contemporary sculptural material throughout her multidisciplinary practice. Her sculptural objects and installations are informed by historical approaches to ornament, function and story-telling in the design of common objects. Through a re-imagining of the familiar, her work encourages the seeds of new narratives to take root.
While based in Toronto, Nurielle is currently an MFA Candidate in Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship for her two-year course of study. Nurielle received her Bachelor’s in Fine Art degree (Sculpture and Installation) from OCAD University in 2007 and went on to study ceramics at the Sheridan School of Craft & Design (2009-12).
Nurielle has participated in several group exhibitions including FUSION’s Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery and the Art Gallery of Mississauga (2011) and the 17th Annual Juried Graduating Sculpture Student Exhibition at the Sculptors Society of Canada (2012) where she was the recipient of the Abraham & Malka Green Award. In her final year at Sheridan College she was awarded the Clifford Scholarship and the 2012 Gardiner Museum Award.
IMAGE: Eyes of Metal and Agate, 2013, Glaz
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