Yhonnie Scarce: Artist Talk

closely cropped photo of many translucent yellow glass bulbs on a white surface
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Please join the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary studies for an artist talk by Yhonnie Scarce.

Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. A master contemporary glass blower, Yhonnie Scarce’s practice explores the political nature and aesthetic qualities of glass. Scarce’s work often references the on-going effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people; in particular her research has explored the impact of the removal and relocation of Aboriginal people from their homelands and the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families. Family history is central to Scarce’s work, drawing on the strength of her ancestors, she offers herself as a conduit, sharing their significant stories from the past.

Scarce was recently announced as the winner of the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria Architecture Commission 2019 which will be unveiled this coming November. In 2018 Scarce was the recipient of the Kate Challis RAKA award, for her contribution to the visual arts in Australia, as well as the Indigenous Ceramic Award from the Shepperton Art Museum. Currently her work is in the exhibition Ways of Being: Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Belmore, curated by Miriam Jordan-Haladyn and Julian Jason Haladyn, on display in Museum London from 14 September 2019 to 5 January 2020.


This talk is presented with the support of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Blue Medium Press.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 258, George Reid Wing

Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 5:00am to Friday, August 1, 2008 - 5:00am

The 2008 summer edition of the annual Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project marks the 7th anniversary of the Perth based site-specific sculpture project. For the past six years artists have been invited by Edward Day Gallery owner, Mary Sue Rankin to create sculptural installations with the assistance and support of Paul Loiselle, owner of Kiwi Gardens.

Faculty of Art Instructor Christian Bernard Singer mounts his environmental intervention in the Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project.

The ongoing theme expressed by the artists for the 2008 Kiwi Project relates specifically to the natural environment within which they are created, but also speak to global concerns of the alteration of the earth’s natural condition. Reinhard Reitzenstein* states that his use of tree imagery through his work "has become a marker of the ravages upon, and attempts at reconciliation with the natural world". His installation of two conjoined bronze trees, Curl, represents the simple gesture of reaching for light and its sustaining energy. Ania Biczysko, represents the hope for a "clean and unpolluted atmosphere" through her 9’ x 13’ cloud of stainless steel strips and ribbons, suspended above our "radically changing environment".

Denise Atkinson looks to powerful totems relayed through the symbol of her wire crow’s head and wings, mounted on a 6’ high steel rod. Worn during major tribal ceremonies, the crow keeps an omnipotent eye on the world and the environmental rituals conducted throughout. Also looking to bird and sky motives, Christian Bernard Singer’s Nest Hotel, will nestle throughout the Kiwi foliage as an environmental intervention.

Co-curator, founder of the Tree Museum, Ann O’Callaghan installs a stainless steel box and glass rods in a Kiwi brook to investigate how the "natural surroundings soften and transform the hard static object into an active changing element" while Penelope Stewart suspends an image of a glass bell jar laminated to a transparent image of Kiwi trees in situ, overlooking the state of the planet. Known for his glass installations, Mark Thompson has constructed a glass Adirondack chair that reminds us of our Canadian cottage heritage and traditions, as well as the fragility of our environment inherent in both.

Venue & Address: 
Kiwi Gardens 687 Harper Road, Perth, Ontario