Grandfather’s Teachings of the Meadow Lark

Claude Morin

Exhibition Dates: May 19, 2018 - June 23, 2018

Reception & Artist Talk: June 9, 2018 2:00 pm - 3 pm

This exhibition tells the story of memories and current perspectives, as well as Claude Morin鈥檚 desire to explore his own interconnection with nature. Morin鈥檚 fondest memories of his maternal grandfather are of being together on the land, a farm on the outskirts of French settlement Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. Morin has vivid memories of meadow larks, considered a messenger by Morin鈥檚 Fransaskois ancestors. From these roots a love of nature grew to a love for science and then art. Morin鈥檚 medium of choice, clay, is due to the natural relationship between clay and the earth 鈥 the material comes from the earth and is changed through water, air, and fire, representing earth鈥檚 ancestral beginnings.

This spiritually-focused exhibition is the result of Morin鈥檚 attitude towards making: rather than attempt to force the material to behave, Morin鈥檚 approach is to allow the contribution of changes, accidents, and natural expressions that occur. Morin states, 鈥淕estures and accidents contribute to [the] composition. I must finally abandon the art to the caprices of fire. When the kiln is opened, the pieces slowly and subtly reveal their essence.鈥 Morin feels this process allows the essence of the work and of the clay to reveal itself. In his art practice, Morin desires to further understand his connection to nature.

The artist would like to thank the Fransaskois Cultural Council for their project mentorship, the Saskatchewan Craft Council, and Serge Murphy for his help and encouragement.

Un grand merci au Conseil culturel fransaskois pour leur projet mentorat, Saskatchewan Craft Council, et 脿 Serge Murphy pour ses directives et son encouragement.

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