Carol Demers’ work takes inspiration from hikes in the local mountains and time spent near the ocean.
“As I am out in nature I find myself as inspired by the smallest lichen on a twig or cluster of shells on a beach, as I am by the vastness of the ocean or the colossal size of a tree or rocky outcropping. Skeletal remains of living things, be they plant or animal, also fascinate. On one mountain top hike I came across the bones of a small animal, bleached by the sun. The bones were as smooth and white as porcelain and I found myself thinking of their fragile beauty often. This visceral response translates into all of my work.”
Carol coil-builds clay into organic forms then burnishes the clay with a stone to produce a soft, smooth texture with a fine sheen. The work is fired in wood and sawdust with the addition of dried plant materials, oxides and minerals. The resulting surface is an active expression of the flame.
carol also paints and similarly focuses on natural materials. She incorporates earth pigments, plaster, oil paints and beeswax to render abstract, tactile surfaces. She strives to capture the feeling of an experience, rather than to replicate it.
Carol has a background in science, with degrees in Biology and Physiotherapy prior to commencing her art career. Both backgrounds continue to inform her work today. A move from Montreal to Vancouver in the late 90’s eventually led her to the Studio Art Program at Capilano College, which she completed in 2005.
At present, Carol does her smoke firings at Glen Eagles Community Center, where she also conducts workshops in coil building and smoke firing.