Populace is a significant outdoor, ceramic art installation. It will recognize the people who lived in this area at the time of Confederation by creating thousands of ceramic feathers, roses and fleurs de lis, recognizing the Indigenous people, the English and the French.
The installation will be set on the grounds of its site partner, the Canadian Museum of Nature from June 17 2017 until September 4, 2017. Each flower and feather is hand-built out of ceramic clay, fused with a lustrous light glaze and installed on individual rods on the Museum’s grounds.
Populace involves numerous individual and community ceramic groups, community centres and high schools that will contribute to the production and installation of the ceramic sculptures. The installation will be open and free to the public.
Populace will delight visitors who can walk freely about the installation, take photographs and become immersed in the experience. Populace is an initiative designed by the Ottawa Guild of Potters to highlight the ceramic arts for Canada’s 150th celebrations, to engage with the larger community to create a beautiful example of public art that can be enjoyed by thousands of visitors.
Kirstin Davidson is the coordinator of the proposed project. Kirstin has been working with clay for sixteen years. She has served on the OGP Executive as VP, President and Past President. Kirstin has coordinated the giving of charitable donations for the OPG. Through her leadership, seventeen different local charities have received in excess of $11,000. In 2006, Kirstin orchestrated the OGP's presence at the Canadian Tulip Festival and in 2009, Kirstin helped organize and install the OGP’s 30th Anniversary exhibition at the Craft Ontario Gallery.
Kim Lulashnyk manages the media, outreach and administration for the proposed project. Kim has been working in clay for six years and has recently held her first solo show at the Dust Evans Gallery and her work is found in galleries in Ottawa, Merrickville and London, ON. She is the Workshops and Speakers Coordinator for the OGP. In 2014, Kim was nominated as an emerging artist for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Kim holds two MA’s from Carleton University in English literature and Canadian Studies where her thesis year focused on Public Art.
Hilde Lambrechts est la conceptrice et l’architecte paysagiste derrière le projet proposé. Hilde est titulaire d’un doctorat en biologie de l’Université d’Utrecht (Pays-Bas). Elle a commencé sa carrière artistique à Ottawa en 2004 avec des sculptures en pierre et des dessins figuratifs avant de choisir la céramique comme discipline principale en 2012.
Dans la même année elle a été finaliste pour les prix en arts du CAO (Prix RBC pour les artistes émergents) pour son travail en céramique. Ses oevres font partie des collections d’Affaires mondiales Canada, et des collections privées nationales et internationales.
Elle est la fondatrice, conservateur et présidente sortant de Figureworks.org, une organisation à but non lucratif pour l’art de la forme humaine, et secrétaire de la GPO.