Toronto based artist Mary McKenzie, recipient of the 2010 Gardiner-Sheridan Museum Award Show, was featured in Fusion Magazine 2012 and Ceramics Monthly’s 2010 Undergraduate Showcase. At Sheridan she received the William and Mary Corcoran Award, Silent Night Award, and Board of Governors Award. In 2012 she participated in ‘World of Threads’ and won the Tucker’s Prize at ‘Toronto Potters Biennial’.
Mary McKenzie’s Unreliable Narrator is a body of ceramic work that investigates family, memory and security through selection of ordinary, daily-use cloth objects. Her small figures are an on-going series titled Adaptations: Gestures for Survival.
In 2013 McKenzie participated in ‘Boxed-in’ at the Rooms, Newfoundland Provincial Gallery; ‘Hot Mud: Survey of Emerging Canadian Ceramic Artists’, at Burlington Art Centre; as well as War: Light Within After Darkness at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo. McKenzie was Shary Boyle’s studio assistant. She received her BFA from University of Alberta and was shortlisted for the Royal Bank New Painters Award.
Photography by Mary Mckenzie with exceptions as follows:
03 Unreliable Narrator Series — Departed — Stephen Wild
04 Unreliable Narrator Series — Departed, detail — Karl Griffiths
10 Adaptations:Gestures for Survival Series, Clever — Ned Pratt
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