Samantha Dickie is a Victoria-based contemporary ceramic artist, focused on abstract sculpture and public installation. She began working with clay in 1996. Following her BA Degree, she has completed a Diploma in Ceramics from the Kootenay School of the Arts, and attended residencies at the Sculpture Factory in Jingdezhen China, the Banff Centre and Red Deer College in Alberta, and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Yukon. She has been awarded project grants from Canada Council, BC Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Yukon Arts Fund; as well as being awarded the Best in Ceramics and Glass at the Sooke Fine Art Show. Her work has been exhibited in public galleries across Western Canada, and is currently represented by the Jonathon Bancroft Snell Gallery in London, Ontario, as well as Madrona Gallery and the Apartment Gallery in Victoria, BC.
I am drawn to the restless space between stillness and movement. Between the intricate detail that you must stop and focus to listen and see; and the infinite vista that is all encompassing and unavoidable. That is what I seek to embody in my art practice.
The ceramic sculptures and installations I create explore the dynamic relationship between organic, earthly beauty and the remnants of decay. Each piece is a microcosm standing alone, suggesting a grounded simplicity; but when replicated and installed with multiple components the work becomes a narrative, imbued with an energy suggesting a macrocosm full of interaction.
My work preserves the raw, visceral and versatile qualities of clay through textural and abstract forms and surfaces that entice a sensory experience, while calling attention to the quiet or dynamic space inside and between forms. The rich history of ceramics, from the ancient remnants of utilitarian objects to the contemporary use of sculptural abstraction and innovative installation, informs my practice.