Kathy Venter


Clay has been used by some of the most distinguished artists since the Renaissance. Yet traditionally, artists such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the seventeenth century and Auguste Rodin in the nineteenth century embraced terracotta as a tool for their three-dimensional sketches and models. They manipulated the tactile qualities and its supplemental status, which allowed as certain artistic freedom. Kathy Venter, however, chooses terracotta as a primary medium to explore the history of representation of the female figure. She builds her sculptures from the ground up without moulds but rather, masterfully utilizing the ancient craft of hand-coiling and pinching.

Originated by the Gardiner Museum, Kathy Venter — Life presents thirty- six terracotta women of everyday life. This dramatic installation stimulates discussion about sculptural praxis in contemporary art, particularly as it relates to history and femininity. Kathy Venter — Life marks the Gardiner Museum’s commitment to the study of contemporary ceramic art, and this exhibition is part of a series presented under the auspices of the Raphael Yu Centre of Canadian Ceramics, which was established by Raphael Yu’s promised gift of funds and art in 2010.

2014  Bellevue Arts Museum. Washington, U.S.A.

2013  Gardiner Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Toronto

2011  Robin Relph Contemporary, London, U.K.

2009  William Traver Gallery, Seattle.  “Water Boundary”

2008  Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver

2007  Sculpture Site Gallery, San Francisco

2005/6  William Traver Gallery, Seattle

2004  Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto

2003  Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver

2002  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

2001  Vortex Gallery Saltspring Island

1999  Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1998  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1997  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1996  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1995  Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1993  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1992  Vortex Galllery, Saltspring Island

1990  Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1989  Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1988  Gallery International, Cape Town

1987  Gallery International, Cape Town

1986  Gallery International, Cape Town

1985  Gallery International, Cape Town

1984  Beuster-Skolomowski Gallery, Pretoria

1980  Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design