COLLECTOR'S ITEM: "Untitled" by Shary Boyle

The permanent collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery includes a porcelain sculpture by Canadian artist Shary Boyle. Boyle's work is both technically striking and conceptually subversive. The feminine, soft appearing frills and lace on the figure's dress are disrupted by a dark undertone, conveyed by it's piercing eyes and useless, covered hands. WAG writes, to describe Boyle's practice, that "she manipulates the historical connotations of her medium, purposely subverting it to voice contemporary issues of feminism, marginalization, and alienation. Grief, anger, loneliness, mischief, and desire inhabit her characters." Each ceramic piece is beautiful yet frightening, delicate yet powerful, an

NC Qin

NC Qin is an artist based in Sydney, Australia who explores the possibilities of glass. Her work is a poetic commentary on a timeless human struggle, one that is both relatable and isolating. Qin's recent project Persistence compares the art of glass casting and ballet dancing to comment on the progress from beginner to master. Both arts require strenuous exertion and discipline, and have a steep learning curve. The sculptural works express all stages of the process, with the inclusion of both failed attempts and final achievements. The red streaks of pigment represent the sacrifice, mental and physical, that is required to achieve perfection. Qin states that the piece "was inspired by an

INTERVIEW: Amanda Rataj

During our week long residency at Spark Box Studio we met fellow resident, Amanda Rataj, Toronto based textile artist and educator. She shared with us her journey into textiles from photography, her current project for Canada's 150th Anniversary and her dream collaborator. You went to OCAD for photography, can you tell us a little bit about your transition from photography to textiles after you graduated? A: When I was at OCAD and making photographs I was very involved with the dark room and I was always attracted to the materiality of photography. I was also hanging out in the printmaking department where I was taking paper making classes - so I was making a lot of hands on work. I was real

GALLERY VISIT: Guy and Sharon Cranston

Can you tell us how your gallery all began? S: Well we've had a gallery here in the County for seven years now, but we had it up in Westport for two years before moving here. I've been working the gallery full time for about four, five years now. I was a graphic designer before that. I am a painter and Guy was a painter but now he is doing more 3D sculptural work. We show Guy's brothers work, Toller Cranston, who passed away a few years ago. It’s the Cranston Gallery and every year it keeps getting better and better! We get more and more people through and clientele keeps coming back and it's really is working for us exactly the way we want it to, so it's really successful in that regard. G: