Linda Sormin: Fierce Passengers

January 15 - April 29, 2018

Linda Sormin’s ceramics-based installations explore uncertainty, risk and survival, precarious and fragile structures.

Sormin  is attentive to how we seek stability in the midst of chaos and transition, how we might pause during times of upheaval and how we hold onto the familiar through experiences of migration and change.

Fierce Passengers is an ambitious site-responsive exhibition that Sormin created while in residence at CUAG for two weeks. 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 extraordinary 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.

Curated by

Heather Anderson

Artists in the exhibition

Linda Sormin