Grace Nickel: Eruptions

February 17 - April 8, 2022

Gallery 1C03 is pleased to re-open its doors with its first in-person exhibition in nearly two years!

Eruptions is an exhibition of new and recent work by established Winnipeg artist Grace Nickel in which she collects, studies, transforms and memorializes felled trees and forest fragments in porcelain. Nickel applies an archaeobotanical lens to her investigations, referencing the past and present with regard to the life cycle of living organisms and to varied forms and functions of ceramics production. Nickel’s work also considers how the micro struggle for survival reflects the macro crises in which we find ourselves today, with climate change and resulting environmental catastrophes top of mind.

Nickel’s virtuosic incorporation of diverse ceramic techniques is displayed in Eruptions alongside forward-facing experiments which demonstrate the transformative potential of the medium. Through experimentation in 3D-printing with her collaborator, Michael Zajac, delicate porcelain plumes that burst forth from Eruptions are re-envisioned as other-worldly ink jet prints. Central to the exhibition are limb-like Pyres resembling tree trunks which support miniature forms that reference funerary rituals and provision for the afterlife. Root-like lifelines emerge and stretch skyward suggesting networks of support and the possibility of passage to a new life. An apt creative response to the present time, Eruptions evokes messages of fragility and grief but also hope and resilience.

Grace Nickel is an artist and educator living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her studio practice focusses on sculptural ceramics and installation. She has won awards in international competitions including the Mino International Ceramics Competition in Japan and the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, and has had numerous solo exhibitions in Canada including at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery in Saskatchewan, and the Art Gallery of Burlington in Ontario. Her work has been widely collected and is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Gifu, Japan, the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, and the Fule International Ceramic Art Museums project in Fuping, China. Her work has been selected for the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea, and for several NCECA Annual Exhibitions (Philadelphia, Portland). Grace Nickel has completed numerous residencies including at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta. She held the position of Adjunct Research Fellow at the Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia and has travelled abroad extensively to present lectures, including recent invitations from the Clayarch Gimhae Museum and AK Ceramics Centre in South Korea, and the Australian Ceramics Triennale in Hobart, Tasmania. Nickel received her BFA from the University of Manitoba and MFA from NSCAD University. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and currently teaches as Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba School of Art.

Eruptions will be open for viewing at Gallery 1C03 on weekdays between 12:00 and 4:00 pm from February 17 until April 8, 2022 (closed Louis Riel Day). All visitors must pre-register for an appointment at least 24 hours in advance of their intended visit time here.

EXHIBIT PUBLICATION

Limited edition print publication and downloadable pdf version, featuring an essay by Heidi McKenzie.
Information here.

AFFILIATED ONLINE EVENTS

Artist talk by Grace Nickel
Presented with Manitoba Craft Council
February 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm CT on zoom
Event recording

Exhibition Tour
Watch now

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Gallery 1C03 is on Treaty 1 Territory. We are located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. Our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

Gallery 1C03 acknowledges financial assistance for Eruptions from the Manitoba Arts Council. We are grateful to our program partner the Manitoba Craft Council.

ACCESSIBILITY
Gallery 1C03 is located at ground level of Centennial Hall and gallery doors will be propped open when open for viewing. Visitor entrance to campus is via Centennial Hall which is equipped with auto-door openers. Maps of campus, including accessibility and parking maps, can be found here.