Gail Severn Gallery

Artist Statement


For the past few years my sculptures have been glazed, stained, fired, then glazed, stained and fired again to give the surfaces the look of disintegrating paint over weathered wood. This softening and reduction of form so that its essential nature is revealed is a metaphor I am using for life being lived, my exploration of the process of growing up and growing older. These latest small sculptures recall the “Santos” figures of Mexico and Central America and incorporate a reproduced 19th century doll head. Although my figures echo contemporary concerns, the borrowing of earlier styles gives them more of an ageless quality. Linda Gastrom, Professor of Art, states, “The subject conveys a sweet sentimentality twisted into melancholy that touches my emotional core and helps me remember the complexities of childhood and life”.


2009  Purchase Award, NCECA 2009 National Biennial Exhibition

1998  Honorable Mention, Ceramic Viewpoint ’98, Hyde Gallery, El Cajon, CA

1997  Merit Award, Feats of Clay, Lincoln, CA

1996  Merchandise Award, Ceramics in Northern California, Walnut Creek, CA

1988  Gold Medal, “Going for Gold” (A National Exhibition), Calgary, Canada

1978  Canada Council Short Term Grant

1975  Canada Council Arts Grant

1974  Saskatchewan Arts Board Grant

1974  Canada Council Arts Grant

1973  Saskatchewan Arts Board Grant


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Gail Severn Gallery