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We are intrigued by her unique style and how she salvages lath from old home and re-purposes it in her artworks. Her work examines time, playing with layers that reveal the imagined history of the reclaimed wood.
Here is Silverstone on how she creates her artwork:
"I re-purpose the lath that myself and my husband salvage form local home owners . . . I use a variety of plasters, drywall compounds, clear gessoes and acrylics to draw [using graphite pencil].
The tree imagery, based on personal photos taken in southwestern Ontario are meant to stir up involuntary memories of personal experiences with the hopes of reminding the viewer of the importance of respecting our natural environments. The recycling of found materials further support my interest in the environment."
Liz Rae Dalton's encaustic sculptures starts with collecting driftwood from near her home on an island in the Gananoque area. Using encaustic as her main medium, she transforms the driftwood into marine vegetation and coral.
Collecting driftwood along the shore near her home
She is inspired by "what lies beneath the water's surface", including the many historical shipwrecks in her area.
"The entire process of creating my encaustic sculpture, from the arrival of driftwood on my shoreline, to the cleaning, carving, and application of molten coloured wax, is a personal journey that speaks about transformation and navigation. I am deeply connected to this work which draws parallels with the journeys that we all take in life."
The gallery is always looking to expand our collection and introduce collectors to some of the best artists in North America. We are thrilled to be able to carry the delicate yet powerful work of Estella Fransbergen, who currently works out of the US. Estella uses a variety of sculpting techniques, from traditional coil building to modern 3D printing using metals and precious stones to create intricate decorated female torsos in the reminiscent of the oldest fertility statues.
Raku is the method of covering a kiln fired and glazed ceramic with 'slip' (watered down clay), which is left to harden then placed in a sawdust fire. The slip cracks, allowing the fire to burn the glaze underneath, creating surprising patterns on the sculpture. Some artists chose to engrave the slip to create patterns or images.
He then began to create larger-scale sculptures and installations, and researched fusing glass as well as the lost wax process. He often works with recycled glass and derives satisfaction from transforming industrial waste into art.
He has won several national and international awards in 2000 becoming the Grand Prize of Honor President of Argentina in the National Ceramic Exhibition. His work can be found in both private collections and in international museums.