Cluster Crafts Artist-in-Residency
Launching this year, the Cluster Residency Programme is proud to support four artists working in illustration, ceramics, jewellery and photography, granting each a solo exhibition and a customised package of support. Conceived as a residency, Cluster has focused on assisting Toni Losey, our first ceramicist in residency, with building a sustainable network that will help take her career forward. Over a two month period, Cluster has introduced Losey to a number of contemporary craft galleries, stirring interest in future exhibitions, and facilitated a number of conversations with key industry professionals.
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Toni Losey's Solo Exhibition "The Outside of Inside"
Pioneered by the French physician and bacteriologist Alfred François Donné in 1840, photomicrography combined the relatively recent invention of photography with older microscopic technologies, transforming our appreciation for the microscopic it took closed cellular worlds and inverted them into expansive terrains filled with amorphous wonders. Observing parallel conditions, the past year and a half have instigated processes of internal speculation, finding many of us exploring our physically reduced worlds, recognising our homes, gardens and bodies as petri dishes worthy of prolonged observation. A process we might deem the discovering of the outside of inside.
Through her wheel thrown, hollow earthenware forms, ceramicist Toni Losey gifts us an articulation of this experience. Finished with layered textural surfaces and thick glazes, the pieces she has produced during her time with Cluster’s new residency programme, occupy oppositional conditions: simultaneously homely and otherworldly; bodily and alien; amoebic and cuddly. Lightly dusted in a crust or dotted with small pearls, they can remind us of the slow bleaching of a coral or evoke the alveoli sacs in our lungs. Sometimes suggestive of the corona crested virus that has put our lives on pause, each piece is a subtle reminder of the interdependencies of scale, how something so micro can have such a macro impact.
Finding inspiration in nature’s tiniest details, Losey’s sculptures evolve alongside the development of a set of rules that guide her practice and interpretation of the natural world. Like a scientist, her innovations are cumulative, advancing an understanding of technique that combines with a personal comprehension of our relation to the biological world. An inward reflection born of the restrictions we have all become subject to, she pays attention to the overlooked, in turn helping us reorientate ourselves in a world of shifting scales.
Toni Losey Biography
Toni Losey, a Ceramic artist working in Dartmouth, NS, Canada. Losey received her BFA focus on Ceramics from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) in 2017. She is an experienced teacher and presenter with independent Ceramics course appointments at NSCAD, workshops throughout Canada, and ongoing instruction though many community programs. Using her experience as a studio potter, Losey has developed an exciting body of sculptural work. Losey’s sculptural work is shown internationally and has been included in SOFA Chicago, NCECA, Ceramic Art London, as well as many public and private galleries. She was named one of Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artists 2020, was a finalist for the Winifred Shantz Award 2020, and has been published in Ceramics Monthly and Ceramic Review.
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Private View: 6th October | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Opening Times: 7 - 10th October | 11am - 6pm
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