Thanks to Portia Priegert and Galleries West for this lovely article.
Ceramic artist Susannah Montague whips up sugary confections with elaborate toppings of curlicues and cherubs, flowers and frou-frous, swans and seashells, plus all other manner of other precious whimsies. Decorative, excessive and absolutely delightful, her sculptures are both visual marvels and stellar displays of technical virtuosity. But their appeal is also linked, in part, to her exploration of darker themes from childhood stories and nightmares.
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Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art
March 17 - April 27, 2019
Newzones is pleased to present “Lucid Dreams”, a solo exhibition by leading Canadian female sculptor, Susannah Montague.
Susannah Montague’s ceramic figurative sculptures are finely detailed, hugely intricate, and loaded with religious and mythological imagery. Montague draws her inspiration from mysticism and esotericism, touching on daydreams and the fantastical elements that haunt our nights. Within the eerie beauty of these ceramic sculptures is an exploration of the intersection between dreams and reality, while at the same time, fusing innocence and corruption in the flowers, dolls, lizards, toys and skulls that fervidly explode in these contemporary baroque compositions, asking us to revel in the beauty of the absurd.
Montague is based on Bowen Island, BC. She received her BFA from Emily Carr University and OCAD University.
Montague’s sculptures can be found in private collections all over the world. Her work was the subject of a CBC Arts Documentary in August 2018.
I’m very excited to announce Beautiful Bizarre Magazine included my work in their Top 100 Sculptors of 2018 on Instagram
“a list of artists who work in a wide variety of mediums from found object assemblage, glass, textiles, wood, marble, sculpey, metal, wax, string, bones, feathers, fibreglass, sugar, resin, metal, clay, taxidermy, paper, textiles, fine porcelain etc., and whose works range in scale from miniature to larger than life or room size! All of whom I believe are among the greatest living and working sculptors of 2018."
Co-founder + Editor-in-Chief Danijela Krha Purssey
Announcing new representation in Calgary at Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art “…one of North America’s leading contemporary art galleries representing prominent Albertan, Canadian and international artists. The gallery’s program has an emphasis on process oriented artwork that challenges both the traditional use of materials and formal aesthetics."
Looking forward to working with co-directors Helen and Tamar Zenith, ass’t director Sabrina Sullivan and preparator Brandon Hearty.
Watch for my first exhibition at Newzones in December.
Letting barnacles grow on her work is the key to this sculptor's ethereal creations
For her latest project, Susannah Montague is stepping out of her studio and collaborating with the ocean
Milena Salazar · CBC News · August 22
When Bowen Island, B.C.-based artist Susannah Montague was growing up, her family would travel to Scotland to visit relatives who owned an antique shop. She would spend those summers studying vintage objects like Dresden dolls and blue and white porcelain in the shop — an experience that now deeply informs her intricate ceramic work.
Using these traditional methods but with a contemporary twist, her pieces combine natural and fantastical elements to conjure a whimsical world of cherubs, dolls, butterflies, skulls and animals. "I think my style is influenced by my childhood and watching my children grow up," she says. "It's full of the daydreams that we have as children, and the nightmares of a childhood, captured in the scary and the beauty of these pieces."
Watch The Video:
On Bowen Island, artist Susannah Montague explains why she's been giving her sculptures to the ocean.
For her latest project, Montague is stepping out of her studio and collaborating with the ocean. She's submerging new ceramic pieces in crab traps in the intertidal zone, allowing barnacles to grow on them. Barnacles are small crustaceans that build a "house" around them made of calcium carbonate — which happens to be the most common source of calcium in ceramic glazes. "I was sculpting barnacles in porcelain and I thought, 'Why not let nature do its thing?' I love the thrill of working so hard of making a piece and just surrendering it and leaving it in the ocean for months. It's sort of like opening the kiln. You hold your breath and open it up."
In this video, Susannah Montague talks about the process of letting outside forces step in to her work, and how it's allowed her to let go of her perfectionism and let nature use its own creative power.
You can follow Susannah Montague and her adventures with the ocean here.
I wanted to share with you the exciting news that I have been featured in the most recent issue of Create! Magazine. Create! Magazine is a wonderful publication and website that promotes fresh, unique work of creatives from around the world. Each beautiful issue is filled with vibrant contemporary art, craft, design, and stories of the makers behind it. I am truly honoured to have been included in the latest issue (issue 9). I am in the Curated Section by the amazing Danielle Krysa aka The Jealous Curator.
As always, thank you for your interest and support, I truly appreciate it!
"Join us for a conversational interview with Danielle Krysa (The Jealous Curator) and artist Susannah Montague. Both of these talented and sassy women will discuss their art, the business of art, and their respective challenges and inspirations.
Coffee, tea and light snacks provided - it is elevenses after all.
Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est.2009). Danielle has curated shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto. In 2014 she published two books, titled “Creative Block” and “Collage”. Her third book, “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk” was released in October 2016, and she is currently working a new book due out Fall 2018. Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, CreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on oprah.com.
Susannah Montague received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in the sculpture department. She also attended the Ontario University of Art and Design, the Vancouver Film School, and completed an Artist In Residence program with Bowen Island School. She has exhibited and sold her work in Vancouver and Los Angeles and is a long time member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)
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a short break for light refreshments, usually tea or coffee, and sometimes biscuits, taken about eleven o'clock in the morning."
- Club Kwench event
I'm excited to have an exhibition Of Things I Can't Unthink at the Seymour Public Art Gallery from March 3 – April 14, 2018. I will also be hosting a Hands-on Workshop on Sunday March 18. For full details and to register go here.
"Ceramic sculptor Susannah Montague’s highly symbolic and eerily beautiful sculptures at once draw you in and repel you. In each of Montague’s surreal porcelain sculptures, there is narrative to be discovered. Using a combination of hand building, press molds, and slip casting to build her sculptures, she also references traditions from ceramic fine-craft and art history. In her most recent body of work, Montague uses symbols such as fading flowers, bubbles, skulls, and insects to represent death and the transient nature of life. These symbols, interspersed with casts of toys including dolls, helicopters, and bunnies, take on a slightly sinister feeling in their modern compositions. Montague’s exhibition examines the cycles in our lives and asks us to revel in the beauty of the absurd.
Susannah Montague is a British born, Bowen Island-based ceramic sculptor. She earned her BFA from Emily Carr University and Ontario University of Art and Design.
March 3 – April 14, 2018 | Reception: Saturday, March 10, 2 – 4 p.m. | Artist Talk and Tour: Sunday, April 1, 2 p.m.
Hands-on Workshop with Susannah Montague: Sunday, March 18. Full details and to registration here."
- Seymour Public Art Gallery
My sculptures were featured with Danielle Krysa, AKA "The Jealous Curator", an incredible source of inspiration through her books, podcasts and blog. She has a rich and wonderful talent.
A wonderful blog from France! Merci Le Blog Du Kitsch!
"L’artiste Susannah Montague crée des superbes sculptures en céramique. Avec comme sujet récurrent l’enfant, sorte de poupée chérubin étrange, elle développe dans ses œuvres des histoires où viennent se mélanger des aspects mignons et horrifiques. Susannah Montague vit et travaille à Vancouver."
- Le Blog Du Kitsch
Create Magazine promotes fresh, unique contemporary art from around the world. I was thrilled and grateful to be in their "Studio Sundays" feature.
On this week's Studio Sundays feature we explore the intricate ceramic work of Canadian artist Susannah Montague.
Susannah received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in the sculpture department. She also attended the Ontario University of Art and Design where she specialized in figurative work and anatomy and studied at the Vancouver Film School.
In 1996 the BC Ceramic Gallery recognized Susannah as the Top Emerging Ceramic Artist in British Columbia and awarded her studio space for the year.
Susannah developed her sculptural work and exhibited and sold her work in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Susannah was also involved in many Interior Design and Art Installations for major nightclubs and restaurants in Vancouver."
- Create Magazine