Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Linda Sormin: Fierce Passengers

Curated by Heather Anderson

15 January – 29 April 2018

Linda Sormin’s ceramics-based installations explore uncertainty, risk and survival, precarious and fragile structures. She is attentive to how we seek stability in the midst of chaos and transition, how we might pause during times of upheaval, how we hold onto the familiar through experiences of migration and change.
 
Fierce Passengers is an ambitious site-responsive exhibition created over a two-week period in-residence at CUAG. The gallery is transformed, containing the partial hull of a ship snaked through by a boardwalk. Large ceramic sculptures propped on wooden supports mingle with complex hand-built matrices of clay glazed in alluring colours and textures. Found objects, as well as those solicited from Sormin’s public call for objects that “carry us like fierce passengers,” nestle within this generative environment. Raw Leda clay, which underlies much of the Ottawa-Gatineau region and turns to liquid when agitated or under pressure, functions as a potent metaphor for the literal instability of the ground on which we live, as well as tumultuous times in which we find ourselves.
 

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