Of Things I Can't Unthink, 2018 ed.

240 hours

Give or take a few …. But it was all worth it. “Of Things I Can’t Unthink” is up again in a new iteration, installed in the unparalleled beauty of the West Fjords. The Factory, in Djupavik, Iceland, will host this spectacular piece, along with the work of many other talented artists from June 1st until August 31st, 2018. It’s a little bit out of the way but well worth the drive.

Beautiful photos of the installation process by Randy Antonia, Réza Kalfane and Julie Dodge.  Super special thanks to Heide Schimke for the super special video of my super cool piece. Super.

If you have a chance, sink you peepers into it, maybe with a little bit of this.  But don't watch their video, watch mine. (Just kidding, their work is beautiful and should be seen by all so watch it too!)

Next up, Portugal........

Summer Line Up

I have a few exciting shows coming up this summer that I'd love to share with you. If you are in Calgary, Portugal or Iceland, please stop in and have a look if you have a chance! 

I have the pleasure of re-installing "Of Things I Can't Unthink" at The Factory in Djupavik, Iceland. This exhibition is in an retired mid century herring factory in the West Fjords, running from June 1- August 31, 2018, and I promise that the drive, location and space itself (including my piece, obviously) are well worth the travel. 

After a few years of work, I am finally finalizing my installation at Convento dos Capuchos in Capuchos/ Costa da Caparica, Portugal. Tempo e Espaço will open on July 21, 2018 and run until October 20. I'll share the time and a poster soon! There will be wine................

And finally, PROCESS: Thinking Through Craft has arrived in Calgary and the Alberta Craft Council cSPACE King Edward. I am showing a glass thread sculpture from my "Wind" series. It runs from June 9- August 18 and includes many beautiful hand made objects to peep on, so please stop by and say hi!  

Back to work....... "Of Things I Can't Unthink"'s 10,000 teeth don't install themselves..............

It’s official…. We’re moving to Lisbon!

2014 has been full of excitement and adventure so far and I am super excited to say that the best is yet to come! I have been accepted into the Masters Degree Program in Glass Art and Science through the Research Unit VICARTE at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology and the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidade de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. This Masters program highlights the crossover between glass and science within a historical and contemporary context with a focus on glass restoration and conservation in conjunction with a conceptual fine arts program. I am incredibly excited for this opportunity both on an artistic and educational level, but even more so for the new adventures and personal growth opportunities.

The semester starts in October, so I plan on arriving in Portugal at the end of September…………… only four weeks away!!!!! I will be selling/ donating absolutely everything I own and starting fresh which is a very exciting thought. If any glassy or artsy friends are looking for materials, I am parting with my whole studio so get at me! I will post some photos as well as I go.

I’ve never been to Portugal so I thought I would post a couple of photos of Neil Martin Horvath and I on our last great adventure in Iceland.  I am a little sad that I won’t be able to participate in the Listhus residency again next year, however I am sure come February or March I will be singing a different tune…… while on the beach :) 

Wish us luck and please let me know if you have any Portuguese tips or secrets. Neil and I are both excited to start this new chapter in our lives!

Rainy Day Musings

I won’t lie to you; I don’t really like rain.  Or maybe that is an understatement. I don’t like the rain at all, as necessary as it is. I know it sounds blasphemous to say still so early in “summer” but I would trade the rain for snow any day, although I am sure the rest of Alberta might have something  different to say about it. All this rain has however been a good motivator to get photo editing done from my residencies earlier this year.  Photo editing and reminiscing. 

With the help of my awesome friend and computer guru Danna Lei (seriously: I cannot thank you enough for your expert level computer-ing), I have finally finished the documentation of Distance Measured by Time, Time Measured by Distance. This is a piece that I worked on throughout the entire residency period at Listhus in Iceland. It consisted of 27 slip cast plaster lamb hearts, each with a love letter rolled up inside. Every morning I would write a letter, cast a heart and hang it on the wall. At the end of the residency I took every plaster ‘message in a bottle’ and let them out to sea knowing fully that the plaster would disintegrate, the paper would deteriorate and the messages would never be delivered. The video and photographs exist as documentation of the 27 day performance.  Big thank you to Hólmfríður Arngrímsdóttir for the materials and studio time for this project!

I worked quite a bit with lamb hearts and mold making while I was in Iceland for conceptual and aesthetic reasons (and maybe because I just really like touching raw hearts). Anatomical hearts, specifically lamb and pig, are a reoccurring theme in some of my glass work and an interest I will definitely pursue further. For the performance Salt, I cast hearts of ice with a fishing hook frozen into them. I took my rod, hook and ‘bait’ and climbed to some secluded cliffs where I went fishing. The performance lasted as long as the ice did. Eventually the heart of ice was melted by the cold sea water, exposing the bare hook in the hopes of catching something. The video (coming soon to a computer near you!) acts as documentation of the performance, with sound editing by Bethany Younge.

In the hopes of keeping this post at a reasonable length (who am I kidding, I’m sure it’s reading as “art art art, blah ,art...), the last piece I will post is DIY Guide to Being Here. It involved northern lights projected through colored filters along the wall of the gallery with a horizontal wire sculpture below. Viewers were invited to interact with and create the piece by using hiking poles with flashlights that would project mountains onto the wall through the wire below.

I have a few more ongoing projects that I will post next time, along with my work from Finland. Here is some gloomy day music to groove to in the mean time. Thanks for having a look and a read and I hope to see you down at Studio Phi this Friday for the Black & White show. There will be a sweetC design original in the show, come in and say hi!

Holiday Market Collective

I am super excited to be a part of the Holiday Market Collective for the second year in a row. This is an amazing event and one not to be missed for holiday shopping and arts community mingling!  There are so many amazing vendors ranging from take home terrariums, DIY cheese, tasty goodies, leather work, jewellery, live music and of course GLASS! sweetC design will be reppin' at the Market Collective December 20-22............ don't miss out!  I will be sharing a table with the amazingly talented Neil Martin Horvath, printmaker and tattoo artist. http://www.neilmartinhorvath.com/ His geometry and mandala inspired pieces and animal totems blow my mind and is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet :) 

Check out the whole amazing line up down below and I'll see you there! 

http://www.marketcollective.ca/upcoming-events/ 

Along side the beautiful crowd favourite Icicle Balls and my Glacial series bowls and plates, I will be selling my new vintage photography inspired ring and pendant design, "Finders Keepers" . $5 from the sale of every Finders Keepers piece will be donated to the Alberta Animal  Rescue Crew Society! Cute baubles for cute animals............ need I say more? Come see for yourself :) 

http://aarcs.ca/donate/

And while you're here I'm going to tempt you to have a peek at long time friend VBot 's work for amazing vintage inspired trinkets, she will be down at the Market Collective as well............ that's three reasons not to miss it :) 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/vanessabot