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Roi Toia: Transitions

Roi Toia: Transitions

Māori Solo Exhibition

May 13 - June 2, 2006

The summer of June 2005, Washington State, USA, was the launch of a new experience and new creative direction for me. I was honoured to become the recipient of two ‘artist-in-residence’ scholarships at the reputed Pilchuck School of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Such renowned First Nations artists as Susan Point, Joe David and Preston Singletary have all graced the hallowed ground of the ‘Pilchuck experience’.

At Pilchuck I was privileged enough to enter into a world and observe noted and skilled artists attending to their chosen fields in the manipulation and creation of glass art. In this isolated arts retreat, in a forested wilderness, the raw energy of the glass blowing furnaces pulsate with the timeless rhythm of the land. I was awestruck as I walked into this unworldly environment. I could only liken this experience to a face-to-face encounter with the raw ferocity of the earth’s core and so I became immersed in the dynamic power of glass.

As the days passed I began to comprehend the vastness and diversity of glass, at the same time feeling bewildered by its endless possibilities. This ignited my creative juices, as the confrontation of a new challenge excited my ability to transcend mediums. I had to alter my original thought process to translate 25 years of experience in traditional carving to accommodate the organic and tempermental medium of glass. Finally, the interaction of two foreign materials surprisingly evolved into a collaboration of ‘concept’ and ‘sculptural form’.

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Current Exhibition

Keewatin Women In Stone - Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetuk

Keewatin Women In Stone - Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetuk

March 14 - April 4, 2015

'Keewatin Women in Stone' celebrates the lives of two very different Nunavut artists from the Keewatin region north-west of the Hudsons Bay. Camille Iquilq (1963-2005) and Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok (1934-2012) are representative of two generations and very different upbringings. Lucy was born on the land and experienced the nomadic and traditional way of life before settling in Arviat, whereas Camille was born and raised within the relative comfort of the community of Baker Lake. The collection is a selection of at least 30 stone sculptures from each artist, with pieces ranging from the early 1990s forward. The exhibition contrasts their individual styles yet highlights the same shared values with relationships and the strong bonds within the family.

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