Dancing with the Vessel | Isabel Wynn

This project received an Honourable Mention for the Renée Van Halm + Pietro Widmer Graduation Award for Visual Arts

E Meu Corpo? Cadê?

"I want to make vessels that have the intervention of the body. I started off with self portraiture. Thinking about my relationship to the work that I'm making, primarily on the wheel. My body and the vessel and my bodily intervention." 

Isabel Wynn is a Canadian-Brazilian artist working in Vancouver, BC. She received a diploma in Fine Arts from Langara College and recently graduated Emily Carr University of Art + Design with her BFA in Visual Arts.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Isabel Wynn’s artistic practice strongly reflects the cultural influences of her heritage. 

Isabel Wynn’s work has evolved steadily throughout her education as she has been producing larger scale abstract sculptural forms.

Inspired by the conceptual perception of Toshiko Takaezu and the aesthetics of some current ceramicists like Takuro Kuwata and Roberto Lugo, Isabel Wynn’s practice of building is linked to her relationship with the intrinsic bodily movement in response to clay. Her practice is founded on the belief that art is a therapeutic form of self expression which has led her to approach ceramics using intuition and gesture in her form and surface. She works primarily with an exploratory approach to making. Isabel Wynn continues to explore form with a focus on the vessel. Her pieces are almost exclusively wheel-thrown. 

Her work is exploring the balance between form and the vibrant and textural surface decoration. Isabel Wynn’s spontaneous and playful approach to surface treatment, where she applies colour freely through pouring, painting, spraying and scrafetoing into the pots, works to further emphasize the form.

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Enforced Errors | Anthony Dunlop

I create functional ceramic vessels to be the antiques of the future. Working with a medium that has spanned human history, I am compelled to ask how ceramics can create our material future. Mixing traditional ceramic processes: wheel throwing, hand-building, and mold-making—to build, dissect, and reconstruct vessels that defy gravity in a deeply earthbound practice. Sharing an inherent relationship between myself and the material I work with, I look to the intersection of human bodies, civilization and culture in the past, present, and future through the time-tested immortality of ceramics.

This work is part of a series of installations of vessels that are constructed to relate to one another. They are hand built using molds of wheel-thrown forms and finished with sprayed wood ash glazes to push the limits of intention and accident in the final form and surface treatment.

This project was awarded the Thelma Ruck Keene Memorial Award for Ceramics (Circle Craft)

My practice revolves around function, therefore a very important part of what I do includes making conventional dinnerware. These practical pieces are an exciting showcase for my biggest love in ceramics, glazing. I often use my dinnerware as tests for glazes and surface treatments that will then find their way into my installation pieces.

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