Art of the Month is a recurring feature that highlights the visual arts work of UFV students. In conjunction with the Visual Arts Student Association (VASA), The Cascade chooses the works of multiple artists to be featured each month. To submit your work, please send an image, 50 word bio, 150 word artist statement, and image list with titles, mediums, sizes, and dates of creation (must be within the past year) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Limit of three submissions per person, per month.
Selected works may be displayed at The Cascade lounge, in room S2111 of the Abbotsford UFV campus. The deadline for submissions is October 25.
Bitch, Dick, and Prick
By Jenny Kingma
Fired clay with underglaze finish
“All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.” — Eckhart Tolle
My work comes from a place of stillness. In the stillness I find direction, and I follow it. I like to address topics that provoke change, and need to be talked about. I use humour with a snippet of whimsy. With humour, serious matters are more easily digested. If I can open a door to a shift in perception, or in opinion, or a slight tickle of empathy, my work is successful.
This piece addresses the judgement we place on others, and our lack of empathy for what we don’t understand. It is easier to judge and be closed minded than to be curious and open minded. We never know someone in their entirety; their past, their present, their future. Therefore, we cannot judge.
As a child, I spent my time making art, and I never grew out of it as many people do; it became a large part of who I am. It satisfied my need for attention and the admiration of others. After many years of perfecting my skills through the use of Playdough, I progressed to fired clay. In this medium, I did not have to worry about having my work crushed by my adorable, and at times annoying, little brother Clayton.
R.I.P. Clayton 1988-2017